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The Red Cross is offering a “bootcamp” in Lincoln on April 30-May 1 at the Red Cross Office at 4600 Valley Road. The bootcamp is a special disaster training session in which prospective volunteers will complete all of the necessary trainings to become a DAT member. To register for the bootcamp, contact Gina Troncone at Gina.Troncone3@redcross.org.

No previous experience is required. Volunteers will be trained to respond to a scene of a disaster and properly assist those affected.

DAT members distribute relief supplies, provide client assistance for temporary lodging and other disaster-caused needs, and offer some health services, mental health services and spiritual care. While the lodging, food and supplies are welcomed, many times it is the comfort and emotional support that DAT members provide that makes the most difference.