Volunteers will help Minneapolis with outreach to the community in emergencies

This weekend, community volunteers in Minneapolis will be recognized at a graduation ceremony that marks the completion of five weeks of intensive emergency preparedness training. Metro-area emergency personnel have been training the 21 volunteers so they will be able to support community disaster recovery and outreach activities when needed. The classes include training in sharing information in multiple languages, mass dispensing of medicine, psychological first aid and helping during power outages, among other topics. The Minneapolis Cultural Services Unit includes members who are bilingual and/or have connections to underrepresented communities. They will serve as liaisons for people who may have language barriers or other challenges when it comes to accessing information.

Upon graduation, the Cultural Services Unit members will be registered Hennepin County Medical Reserve Corps volunteers. The Cultural Services Unit is a project of the City of Minneapolis, ECHO and Hennepin County Medical Reserve Corp.

Minneapolis Cultural Services Unit Graduation ceremony
2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7
Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St., Minneapolis, Target Banquet Center room 216

Free parking is available in the parking lot behind the community center.

Published Dec 6, 2013