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American Red Cross in Need of Volunteers for Sandy Relief

preparedness training class
The Course is called Shelter Operations, designed to give an overview of Red Cross policies and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster.

The American Red Cross continues to shelter 6,800 people in 97shelters in 7 states, utilizing the strength of its volunteer corps. More than 3,800 Red Cross volunteers from across the country have been working tirelessly over the past two weeks to provide safe shelter, warm meals and emotional support for those families affected by Sandy.

Those volunteers will begin to return home in the coming week as additional waves of volunteers move in. The Red Cross will be helping families for months and months, long after attention to the disaster fades. As two major holidays are nearing, the need for volunteers will certainly remain a priority for the Red Cross as well. We are seeking volunteers now who would like to become Red Cross-trained and help those affected.

If interested helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy:

  • The training required to help in a Red Cross shelter will be provided by the Red Cross at the Red Cross Mountain Empire Chapter, 14298 Lee Highway Bristol, VA 24202 on November 7th from 9am to 1pm.
  • The Course being taught is called Shelter Operations, which is designed to give participants an overview of the American Red Cross policies and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster.
  • You must pass a background check completed by the Red Cross
  • You must be available to help for a deployment of two weeks or three weeks
  • For information or registration, please call the Red Cross volunteer line at 855-853-8272.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please click here or join our blog at