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Neighbors volunteer to help neighbors in need

Fire Safety


(ASHEVILLE, N.C. – February 10, 2017) – When disaster strikes, often as a home fire, volunteers with your local Red Cross respond. The need for these volunteers, however, often exceeds the supply, especially in smaller communities. That’s why the Red Cross is always looking for volunteers in every community we serve.


Cherokee County needs at least eight volunteers trained to respond to local disasters so the Red Cross put out a call. Earlier this month, some people responded to that call and participated in Disaster Action Team training that was held in Murphy on Saturday, February 4th. They now stand ready to continue their training and give back to their community. But more volunteers are needed, in Cherokee County and many other counties. If being called to assist in your community on behalf of the Red Cross with comfort, hope and resources in the form of financial assistance, food and clothing sounds like something you might be interested in doing, visit Don’t wait until disaster strikes to volunteer. Train now and be prepared.


The Western North Carolina Region of the American Red Cross serves the 47 western most counties in N.C., including Cherokee County. Last fiscal year, it assisted 4,700 individuals in the region during a disaster response, the large majority of those being home fires. This could not happen without volunteers.