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American Red Cross disaster training coming to Kirksville

On the weekend of March 25 and 26, a free disaster training seminar will be held in Kirksville. (KTVO File)

The Heartland was recently hit by a series of tornadoes; but with those disasters, come people looking to lend a helping hand.

The American Red Cross is asking you to become a hero.

On the weekend of March 25 and 26, a free disaster training seminar will be held in Kirksville.

In just two days, you'll learn all that it takes to become a disaster services volunteer.

The training will focus on aspects like first aid and sheltering fundamentals.

You can even stay in the shelter overnight if you choose to do so.

Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross Kath Mayne told KTVO the organization does much more than just respond to natural disasters.

"We are famous and get a lot of press for tornadoes and floods, but there's day in day out 60,000 to 70,000 house fires a year nationwide."

Last year alone, in eastern Missouri, Red Cross volunteers responded to a house fire 1,340 times.

The workforce is made up of 97 percent volunteers.

Mayne adds that the northeast Missouri area is in dire need of more volunteers and responders.

To signup, or for more information on the 'Zero 2 Hero Disaster Training' email Kath Mayne at kath.mayne@redcross.org or call (573)291-0776.


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