HOOVER, Ala., February 7, 2013 - The American Red Cross Alabama Region is working to build partnerships with businesses and other organizations across the state. More than 100 participants have registered to attend the Alabama Region's second Partner Training Institute to be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013. The training institute will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church located at 4817 Jefferson Avenue SW, Birmingham, AL 35221.
Partners attending the training on Saturday include the NAACP, National Baptist Association, Lutheran Ministries of Alabama, Hands on Birmingham, and others.
Partners help the Red Cross:
- Fulfill its mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
- Heighten community presence.
- Enhance service delivery.
- Expand program opportunities.
- Build local capacity.
- Ensure inclusion of diverse communities.
- Support community resilience.
The Red Cross offers several different courses for partners to sign up for including community disaster education, shelter operations, damage assessment, and emergency response vehicle operations. Successful completion of the Partner Disaster Institute provides participants the skills and knowledge to provide disaster relief services in the focus area they choose.
Benefits of becoming a trained disaster partner member include:
- Potential involvement in national and local disaster relief
- Maintaining your identity as a member of your business or organization
- Being able to take additional Red Cross disaster training
- Participating in other Red Cross lines of service including blood services, Service to the Armed Forces, preparedness, health and safety, and volunteer services.