We all know that the status of local tsunamis, earthquakes and floods is not andquot;If,andquot; but andquot;When.andquot; This peaceful time between the inevitable disasters is the time to prepare for them.

The American Red Cross is in the business of preparing for disasters, and the Del Norte Chapter of the ARC needs volunteers.

Volunteers are needed in many capacities, including office assistance and Board membership. If you want a voice in how disasters are handled in our area, now is the time to speak up.

An 8-hour training will begin soon for five-person teams able to run shelters, and this is an ideal opportunity for families that include teens. Initial training can begin at the Red Cross website,, or contact Dave Bosteder at 464-2277.

For information regarding other volunteer opportunities, contact Inez Castor at the Volunteer Center of the Redwoods and RSVP, 464-7876 ext. 136.