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    Sunday, May 26, 2024

    American Red Cross hones disaster response skills

    Volunteers Sheila Clark, left, of Chaplin, and Jenny Holbink, of Berlin, set up a folding cot while in Shelter Simulation Class at the American Red Cross annual Disaster Training Institute for Connecticut and Rhode Island on Saturday, March 2, 2024. The training is taking place at Thrive55+ Active Living Center in Groton and runs through Sunday. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    From left, Lynn Fairfield-Sonn, of Old Lyme, Heather Dunn, of Norwalk, Veronica Tells, of Wilton, and Cecilia Kozlowski, of Meriden, Saturday, March 2, 2024, during the American Red Cross annual Disaster Training Institute for Connecticut and Rhode Island. The training is taking place at Thrive55+ Active Living Center in Groton and runs through Sunday. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Groton ― The American Red Cross for Connecticut and Rhode Island is holding its annual disaster training this weekend at Thrive55+ Active Living Center in Groton.

    About 150 Red Cross Volunteers are attending the two day event, which started Saturday, to hone their skills and knowledge in disaster response.

    The Disaster Training Institute offers 30 classes that volunteers can choose from, including Sheltering, Community Partnership, Disaster Action Team, Managing Disaster Workforce, How to Work with Communities, How to Work with Diverse Populations, Logistics Management Getting Supplies Where Needed and Disaster Mental Health.

    The Red Cross says it is dealing with more frequent and intense disasters than in the past. The organization is working to recruit and train more volunteers and strengthen their workforce for disaster preparedness.

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