The Red Cross is joining with VolunteerSquare to offer a disaster response orientation Saturday titled, "Ready When the Time Comes," at the SoNo Field House in Norwalk.
Connecticut has faced several extreme weather challenges in recent years, from Tropical Storm Irene to a crippling October snowstorm, then Superstorm Sandy and a blizzard last February. In the aftermath of these storms, residents had to cope with extended power outages, property damage and other impacts.
The Red Cross, however, was there to help with the recovery needs of people across the state. Red Cross disaster relief is provided largely by trained volunteers who give their time to help neighbors in need.
"Without the help of volunteers, we could not fulfill our mission to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies."
Bruno said the program Saturday will provide information about disaster preparedness and response to help residents better prepare their own families and to learn how they can support the work of the Red Cross in times of disaster and throughout the year.
"By participating in this special program, people can learn how to better prepare themselves and their families for emergencies and how to help make their communities better, safer places to live by volunteering with the American Red Cross," Bruno said.
Rachel Reese, executive director of VolunteerSquare, said the organization partnered with the Red Cross because disaster readiness and response help to build stronger, more resilient communities.
"Together with the American Red Cross, we hope to educate as many people as possible about how to prepare yourself, your home, your family and your neighborhood for a disaster," she said. "Plus, we want you to understand how you can volunteer with the American Red Cross not only after a disaster hits but before and during a crisis as well."
The Red Cross will offer 45-minute orientation sessions that will run at various times from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. To pre-register, visit www.VolunteerSquare.com.