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Timothy Allen asked me this morning to elaborate on volunteering with the Red Cross. I've contacted my local chapter and was provided the following link:

Basically you contact your local chapter to start with.

At this time I don't know what the needs are, but this will be an ongoing effort on the Red Cross's part. Two of the people in my local chapter (Placerville, California) have taken the emergency training and are awaiting instructions on when to leave and where to go.

As for USAR volunteers, this usually takes about two years of training - portions with your local fire training group, such as Rescue Systems I, Confined Spaces, Hazmat 1st Responder and other training sessions and then the one week course for Structural Specialists, which I took in Sacramento a number of years ago. This course, usually taught by David Hammond, S.E., is also given in other locations across the nation. I am aware that there are a number of communities just starting to form their own USAR.

Neil Moore, S.E.
neil moore and associates
shingle springs, california

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