The Elbert County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), along with the local Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross, will hold an informational kickoff meeting for a series of volunteer trainings for Elbert County citizens who are interested in volunteering during large emergencies. The kickoff meeting will be on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 3 pm at the Emergency Operations Center located at 751 Ute Avenue in Kiowa. No registration is required.
During the "Bomb Cyclone" snowstorm event in March 2019, it became clear that Elbert County needs more trained volunteers to help in temporary shelters. To address this shortage, the Elbert County OEM has partnered with the Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross to conduct free training sessions focused around 3 key volunteer roles:
Disaster Action Team (DAT) members
Shelter Support Staff
At the kickoff meeting, you'll see job descriptions for these roles, and hear an outline of the training requirements for each. The training for these roles is a combination of online Red Cross classes and some instructor-led classes. Participants can then decide which one of these roles they want to be trained on and register for the next step. The goal of this campaign is to have a highly trained team of local residents that are ready to help their community during the next big emergency.
For More Information
For more information, contact OEM Director Alex Jakubowski by email or by calling 303-805-6132.