Red Cross teaches local residents to react in disasters

Fire department asking for many local participants

The American Red Cross is offering two workshops to people interested in being involved whenever a widespread emergency occurs in the Sandy area.

To be involved means training, which must happen before any emergency occurs. The two workshops are entitled 'Shelter Operations' and 'Shelter Simulation.'

'We really need individuals from the local area to be part of our shelter operations team,' said Alice Busch of the Sandy Fire District. 'Red Cross is willing to share their expertise in this area, and we are fortunate to host their training in Sandy.'

The workshops were requested because a coalition of government agencies, private businesses, civic and faith-based organizations identified a need.

The coalition meets from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. the third Friday of every month at the Sandy Fire Annex, 17460 Bruns Ave.

This coalition reviews, updates and crafts disaster plans and identifies and addresses unmet needs in the region generally from Boring to Welches.

Members of the coalition, including Busch, appreciate the willingness of the Red Cross to help with training.

'I think most people are so accustomed to Red Cross being there,' Busch said, 'they may forget that Red Cross is made up of, in many cases, local volunteers who took the time to get trained so they would be able to lend a hand to their neighbors if ever the need arose.'

Busch says the only way to respond to any disaster or emergency is to prepare in advance.

'During times of need, people in the Sandy area have demonstrated their willingness to step forward,' she said. 'Each person helps with their own unique skills - each offering to be part of the solution.'

The workshops are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Sandy Grange, 34705 Kelso Road. Red Cross instructors will teach the classes to anyone interested, and the classes are free.

Registration is as simple as sending your name and phone number by email (with 'Oct. 1 Shelter Class' in the subject line) to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, call Busch at 971-563-3051 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..