CHHS School of Social Work and American Red Cross Host Red Cross Shelter Fundamentals Training

CHHS School of Social Work and American Red Cross Host Red Cross Shelter Fundamentals Training

The CHHS School of Social Work, in collaboration with the American Red Cross, hosted a Red Cross Shelter Fundamentals Training in McNeill Hall on Sept. 8.

The training prepared participants to assist in resourcing, opening, operating and closing a disaster response shelter. Additionally, participants practiced the roles and skills required to assist evacuated community members.

The training consisted of a day-long training that include three breakout simulation exercises where they learned about the essentials of shelter operations, such as registration, room set-up and food distribution.

“After Hurricane Matthew, our college did a variety of things to give back to communities impacted by the storm,” Field Education Coordinator Angie Vandenberg said. “I thought working with the Red Cross to train volunteers would be another way to give back. This was a timely event as it occurred after Hurricane Harvey and right before Hurricane Irma.”

The event trained close to 70 students, faculty and community members.