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More Volunteers Needed to Respond to Hurricane Matthew

The American Red Cross is responding to Hurricane Matthew in five southeastern states, where nearly 7,000 people woke up this morning in 156 Red Cross and community emergency shelters. More than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers are supporting relief efforts, and more will be needed as the massive response continues over the days and weeks ahead. 

Already, more than two dozen Red Cross volunteers from the Eastern New York Region have been deployed to help respond to Hurricane Matthew. In an effort to provide further support from this region, the Red Cross will hold a one-day workshop on Thursday, October 13, to train prospective disaster volunteers for deployment. The training will focus specifically on how to conduct damage assessment in disaster-affected areas, as volunteers with this skill set are especially needed at this time. Volunteers must be willing and able to deploy for a minimum of 10 days beginning Friday, October 14. The Red Cross will cover all training and travel costs for individuals who are deployed.

“Hurricane Matthew is leaving widespread damage and significant needs for food, shelter and help in its wake,” said Gary Striar, regional CEO for the American Red Cross. “We’re very proud of the many volunteers from our region who are already on the ground, responding to this major disaster. We welcome anyone else in our community who has the time and desire to help to join us now.”

The training workshop will be held from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 13 at the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley, located at 1415 Genesee Street in Utica. Interested participants may register online, or contact Brian Vance at (315) 679-6438 or for more information.

The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.