Northwest NEWS

December 27, 1999

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Red Cross seeks volunteers for local disaster training

   The Seattle-King County Chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking Snoqualmie Valley residents willing to help their neighbors in times of flooding, winter weather, or other disasters.

   The Red Cross is holding an open house on Saturday, Jan. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Multi-Service Center in Carnation. The open house will give residents the opportunity to learn more about the Red Cross and its volunteer opportunities in disaster response.

   "Whether it's an earthquake, mudslide, flood, or an apartment fire, there will be a need to open a shelter in this area," said Randy Sleight, National Rapid Response Corps member for the American Red Cross. "The Red Cross depends heavily on trained volunteers in times of emergency to carry out their mission of helping people prevent, prepare for, or respond to disasters."

   For more information about the open house, or becoming a Red Cross disaster volunteer, call Randy Sleight at 206-323-6565, ext. 3612.

   The Red Cross responded to 142 disaster incidents in King County last year, providing emergency food, clothing, and shelter to hundreds of victims. All such Red Cross assistance is free and made possible by the generous donations of time and money from the American people.