We are ready for you. Sign up now for Spring Training on April 27 and April 28. We have something for everybody. (1) Pizza and Meeting ALL volunteers are invited Friday night, April 27, at 6 p.m. for pizza and a quick update of recent activities. We’ll also schedule work opportunities for Saturday. Meet at the PAR warehouse, 3401 Holmes Ave NW, Huntsville, AL. (2) Chainsaw Training Immediately following the meeting on Friday night, the team from Husqvarna will begin free classroom chainsaw training for those who are NEW or who want a refresher (other members can leave), both men and women. It will go no later than 9 p.m. (3) On-Site Jobs Both OLD and NEW volunteers are needed Saturday, April 28. We’ll go to job sites for hands-on training alongside experienced workers for a combined training/work day. Details to follow on time and places. Preparing now makes us better able to respond later. You've proven it. Your quick responses to the spring storms this year in the Ardmore and Decatur areas have been incredible. Thank you for how you serve others on such short notice! Please sign up now for (1), (2), and/or (3) of the activities. ...

Here is another way to be ready to help others when they need you. Madison County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) has emergency response training classes open to the public. 8 classes (take as many as you can; take all for official certification) Tues/Thur nights, 6:00-8:30pm Begins February 6 Topics include: Disaster Preparedness; Disaster Psychology; Terrorism Awareness; more Send email with name, email, phone # to classes@madisoncountycert.org More information here. ...

PAR encourages our volunteers to be prepared to help others when disaster strikes. Here are some upcoming training opportunities in our area. They are provided to the community through the Red Cross and the Harvest Volunteer Fire Department. If you’re interested, please call the appropriate contact person. (1) Red Cross Disaster Training  Pick your interest: Damage Assessment, Bulk Distribution, Collaborating Essentials, and more All classes at 1101 Washington Street, Huntsville Various dates and times Call 256-801-3802 to sign up or ask questions   (2) Stop the Bleed Learn the basics. This free course is designed to train ordinary citizens to stop the bleeding caused by a natural disaster or a mass attack. March 31, 2:00-4:00pm Harvest Volunteer Fire Dept. More about Stop the Bleed Contact Ric Wilkinson, 256-682-1887    ...

March 24, Friday, 6 pm - 8 pm . . . Chainsaw classroom training (for both men and women) by Richard Bennett from Husqvarna, at Wears Chapel Baptist Church, 938 Ryland Pike, Huntsville, AL. March 25, Saturday, 9 am - 2 pm . . . On-site work at Flint Ridge Farm (chainsaw operators, firewood recovery for local missions, and limb pullers), 3616 Maysville Rd NE, Huntsville, AL. Stay as little or as long as you'd like. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED on Saturday. For experienced workers: This is a great refresher course as well as an opportunity to use your skills to clean up storm damage from our January tornadoes. For first-time volunteers: This training is required for all who want to operate a chainsaw and have not previously taken a class. Prepare now so you can respond to the next call for help....