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Rescue staff from the Municipal Emergency Management Agency investigate an empty flooded car during the passage of Hurricane Irma through the northeastern part of the island in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Hurricane Irma lashed Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds, leaving nearly 900,000 people without power as authorities struggled to get aid to small Caribbean islands already devastated by the historic storm. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

The Red Cross has scheduled a one-day training on Saturday for Upper Valley residents to become disaster response volunteers and to prepare current volunteers to take on leadership roles.

 

The session was spurred by Hurricanes Harvey, which devastated Houston last week, and Irma, a Category 5 storm barreling through the Caribbean toward Florida.

 

The full-day “Hurricane Harvey Disaster Boot Camp,” which will take place at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, will cover topics such as psychological first aid and shelter fundamentals for new volunteers, and management basics for current volunteers.

 

“We’re receiving a lot of calls from not just current Red Crossers but also Red Crossers who have been active in the past,” said Dan Lavilette, the Burlington-based acting disaster officer for the Red Cross’ New Hampshire and Vermont region. “They want to get reengaged.”

Read more or click here to register online.