Storm victims encouraged to call FEMA for aid
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a toll-free number for victims of Tropical Storm Isabel.
People who suffered damage or loss of work from the storm, but who have not applied for assistance, can call 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. Both numbers are available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Maryland was declared a federal disaster area after Isabel, enabling residents to apply for assistance.
Although no disaster recovery center was established from Carroll County westward, a number of residents in the western part of the state have applied for aid, including 46 in Carroll as of last week.
Rape crisis center offers training for volunteers
The Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County will hold hot line crisis intervention training sessions for people interested in helping sexual assault survivors.
The 20-hour training prepares volunteers to staff a 24-hour telephone hot line and/or accompany survivors to the hospital, police station and/or court. Volunteers must be willing to provide their time, compassion and dedication to help others.
Topics include acquaintance rape violence overview, principles of crisis counseling, rape trauma syndrome, counseling and communication skills, victim witness assistance program, prosecution of sexual offenses, sex offense legislation in Maryland, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, medical evidence collection and health issues and the criminal investigation process.
Free classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 14, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15 at 224 N. Center St., Westminster.
Registration deadline is Oct. 31.
Local groups celebrate National 4-H Week
Carroll County 4-H'ers are celebrating "The Power of YOUth" through Saturday during National 4-H Week.
Local clubs launched the celebration last weekend at the Carroll County Farm Museum's Fall Harvest Days, where club members promoted 4-H programs and activities.
A number of clubs have put up window displays, bulletin boards and table-top exhibits in public libraries, schools and store windows this week. Baust 4-H Club created a bulletin board at Westminster Nursing Home, where the group meets.
Carroll County has 1,140 4-H members ages 5 to 19 and 575 adult leaders in more than 40 clubs overseen by staff from the Maryland Cooperative Extension. Youths participate in activities ranging from animal science and gardening to leadership and technology.
For information about the Carroll County 4-H Program, visit the Cooperative Extension office at the Carroll County Agriculture Center on Smith Avenue in Westminster, or call 410- 386-2760.