The American Red Cross is joining with VolunteerSquare to offer Disaster Boot Camp from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Norwalk Fire Department, 121 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk.

The training will provide information and basic skills needed to become a registered Red Cross volunteer, supporting disaster response here in Connecticut.

From major disasters like Superstorm Sandy or Tropical Storm Irene to residential house fires, the Red Cross responds to more than 500 incidents each year.

Red Cross volunteers provide shelter, food, emotional support, health services and more during emergency responses.

The orientation and training will provide an introduction to Red Cross disaster response and equip volunteers with basic skills to staff shelters, help and help with mass care tasks like food preparation and distribution.

As volunteers become more involved with the organization, there are opportunities to work in different areas and to take on increasing levels of responsibility.

To register, visit www.