The American Red Cross has announced its September disaster training class schedule for volunteers.

The first step to becoming a disaster volunteer is to complete the application and attend an orientation to the Red Cross.

More information on volunteering in Ellis County is on the Web site at and prospective volunteers need to complete an online course, “Introduction to Disaster,” which is found on the national Web site at

The first class to be offered, “Fulfilling Our Mission: Translating Your Compassion into Community Action,” is from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Red Oak Fire Department, 547 N. Methodist St.

The purpose of this course is to enable participants to translate their care and compassion into community action through a uniform message. The participants will be able to assess how to use their skills and abilities to strengthen the capacity of both the community and the Red Cross to better serve people affected by disaster.

The second class, “Mass Care Overview,” is from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Red Oak Fire Department.

The purpose of this basic level disaster services training is to provide an overview of the activities performed by the mass care group in support of a disaster relief operation.

The third class will be a disaster action team workshop from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Waxahachie Fire Department, 407 Water St.

This workshop prepares individuals to become part of the disaster action team - which responds to local disasters - and includes information on disaster vehicles, communication equipment and necessary paperwork.

The Ellis County disaster action team meets the third Thursday of each month. This month, the meeting will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Busy B’s Baker, 1000 E. Main St., Midlothian. Newcomers are invited to attend.

For more information, call (903) 874-4551.