Claverack, New York
Body/Soul | Local living
19 November 2014 04:55PM


It’s not a question of if; it’s a question of when. Disaster WILL strike. And we can’t cope with it without you. We will be fighting the fires, or the ice storm, or the hurricane. We can’t stage an adequate first response AND set up the shelter.

And YOU can’t do it unless you take the training and learn how to open, set-up, operate and close a Red Cross shelter in an emergency. Taking the course doesn’t mean you have to volunteer; it just means you can.

So PLEASE step up and give up half a Saturday–this Saturday, November 22, 10-2, Churchtown Fire Company, 2219 Route 27.

The Churchtown shelter, just re-certified by the Red Cross, is not just for Churchtown or Claverack. It’s for all of Columbia County and, depending on how big and wide the emergency, even beyond. (When Tropical Storm Irene struck, there was talk of bringing in people from Greene and Schoharie.) Our bathrooms have been renovated with accessible toilets and full bathing facilities, and we’re continuing our collaboration with Columbia-Greene Humane Society to care for and comfort pets in a separate building.

In times of disaster, community is essential to keep everyone safe and secure and comfortable. If we don’t take care of each other, our familiies, our friends, and our neighbors are going to be in a word of hurt. There ain’t no one else to turn to; we gotta hang together, folks.

The course will be taught by Kathie Cayton, Mass Care Lead of the American Red Cross, Northeastern New York Region. It’s free, open to all and comes with lunch. (Who says there’s no free lunch?)

RSVP asap to Nathan Chess: [email protected] or 917 881 0563

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