The Knox County Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross have teamed up to provide a basic course in shelter operations. An informative three-hour course will be held Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the new Hope Corner Fire Station at 475 Camden Road (Route 105) in Hope. Lunch will follow.

The course is open to all who want to engage in community service, and it is ideal for those who would enjoy taking on a key role.

“We have developed a plan for emergency sheltering that is integrated from the town to the regional level,” said Ray Sisk, director of the Knox County Emergency Management Agency, in a news release. “In past storms we had lengthy power outages, and we want to ensure we are ready to help those in need at all community levels.”

Volunteer opportunities include becoming a town liaison to the Red Cross, keeping track of the elderly and special needs individuals in town so they receive needed assistance, and opening, operating and closing a warming center.

For more information, contact the Knox County Emergency Management Agency at 594-5155 or