Volunteer Ascension is hosting an Emergency Preparedness and Red Cross Shelter Training Class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 17 at First Baptist Church of Gonzales, 1217 S. Burnside.

The deadline to register for the class is Jan. 14, said Sherry Denig, Volunteer Ascension executive director.

Local churches, service agencies, civic clubs and residents are invited to take part in the free training, she said.

The class will provide the certification needed for volunteers to work at the parish’s community shelter during an emergency.

To register, call (225) 644-7655.