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Red Cross trains volunteers for future disaster relief

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The American Red Cross is now recruiting more volunteers to help in the event of an emergency.  Prospective volunteers in northwest Ohio are now training, getting themselves ready for the next disaster.

"During the recent water emergency we received hundreds of calls from people in the community who wanted to help," said Todd James, executive director of the Hancock County chapter of the American Red Cross.

About 350 Red Cross Volunteers helped to hand out water during the Toledo water crisis, and deliver water to those people who were stuck at home.  A new crop of volunteers are now learning the ropes through this disaster volunteer training, hosted by the Northwest Ohio chapter of the American Red Cross.

"We'll show them how to do things like open a shelter and run a shelter, how to feed large groups of people," said James, "and working with those that have been affected by a disaster one on one, both in a larger scale event and the most common disaster that we respond to, [which] are home fires."

Red Cross officials say that training doesn't take much time. There's some online training and then a little bit of classroom training, and then you're good to get out there and help.

 "If you want to make a difference in your community and be one of those folks that can help out those that have been affected by disaster, your family, your friends, your neighbors, know the training, have the skills to deliver to help the community's needs in a disaster," said James.

The American Red Cross does this specialized disaster training for new volunteers many times a year.  For more information on how you can become a volunteer, call 419-329-2900 or log onto RedCross.org.

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