LIMA - American Red Cross locations throughout the area are recruiting new volunteers to join the Disaster Action Team and assist clients throughout our area. Natural disasters such as winter storms, floods, and home fires increase the organization's need for trained and prepared volunteers. DAT volunteers are a vital piece of Red Cross response, providing compassion, care, and assistance families need in times of emergency.

Red Cross is seeking interested volunteers to participate in an intensive training session. Participants will receive an orientation regarding the services provided by American Red Cross and how to: prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies; set up and run a shelter during a disaster; complete necessary paperwork during a disaster; conduct client interviews; and provide appropriate assistance to help meet the person's needs both during and following the disaster.

Classes will be held simultaneously at American Red Cross of Allen County (610 S. Collett Street, Lima, OH 45805), American Red Cross of Hancock County (125 Fair Street, Findlay, OH 45840), and American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio (3100 West Central Avenue, Toledo, OH 43606).

Class schedule is as follows:

• Disaster Services: An Overview: February 1, 6 - 9 p.m.

• Shelter Operations and Simulation: Saturday, February 2, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

• Disaster Assessment Basics: Sunday, February 3, 1 - 4 p.m.

• Client Casework: Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older. To sign up for a class, please contact Brenda Mead at 419.227.5121 ext. 6 or brenda.mead@redcross.org prior to January 30, 2013.