Volunteer hurricane responders needed

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 3:44pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (AMERICAN RED CROSS) - The Red Cross is working closely with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to find more shelter space and capacity.

“Shelter is more than the space, walls, ceiling. It is people helping each other, too,” Morgan said.

For example, every shelter needs the support of health and mental health professionals. RNs, LPNs, EMTs, first responders and doctors receive additional Red Cross training to assist in their volunteer role.

Other volunteers are needed to organize a shelter, serve food, distribute supplies and work with families separated during the disaster.

“Evacuees are facing uncertainty and maybe worried about loved ones,” Morgan said. “People giving their time to share a hug, offer a meal, give reassuring words and being there is just an immeasurable value. They can’t take away the anguish, but they can show concern.”

If you need help, the Red Cross is there. If you can help, the Red Cross needs you.

Get started as a volunteer
1. Print your application from www.batonrouge.redcross.org/application-packet and fill it out. (Complete the background check too.)
2. Register for training on July 30 at your area Red Cross chapter via www.batonrouge.redcross.org/volunteer.
3. To prepare for that day, take Disaster Services Overview Part 1 via www.batonrouge.redcross.org/volunteer at home or at work. (Additional training is available online.)

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