Volunteers Needed For Louisiana

Cheryl Sanders
August 31, 2016

When disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross is there to provide shelter, food, and emotional support to assist families in resuming their daily routine. Photo provided by Red Cross.

"We need our communities prepared for disasters before they occur".

American Red Cross volunteers Bob Brown, Esther Cabral, Peter Wise and Richard Rerra are deploying to Louisiana to support Red Cross relief efforts after excessive rainfall has resulted in moderate to heavy flooding across many parts of Louisiana, Red Cross officials said.

"During the one-day Disaster Responder Bootcamp ... volunteers will learn the essentials of responding to a disaster".

"In just eight hours, participants will become qualified to feed and shelf members of their community during a disaster", according to a release sent to Live 5 News. Over 90 percent of the "staff" that respond to disasters are volunteers!

Terri Kornahrenes has been a Red Cross volunteer for years and remembers how she was needed during last year's historic floods.

"Me and a partner went out and re-visited the home".

"Once we received the call from the Red Cross, our team dedicated to crisis situations began sourcing the requested products", said Jason Sadler, VGM HOMELINK's vice president of operations. "Preparation leads to people managing their recovery better and the sooner they can get back to their everyday routine", said Jody Oldham, Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross Eastern Kentucky.

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