American Red Cross seeks volunteers

LIBERTY — Whether for house fires, flooding or other natural disasters, the American Red Cross can always use volunteers to help at both local and national disaster sites.

Kristen Gallagher, disaster program specialist with the American Red Cross Lake to River Northeast Ohio Chapter, said a recent volunteer sign-up was held at the local chapter.

“We had quite a few people sign up. There was also some walk-ins as well, which was nice. We always need volunteers who can help in many ways,” Gallagher said.

Volunteers can sign up for an appointment, which will include free online training to become disaster responders. Call 330-392-2551 to register.

Gallagher said the first year is usually local disaster relief, such as responding to local house fires or flooding.

With additional training, individuals can go to sites of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and flooding both in and out of state.

“Over the years, we have had some go out on larger-scale operations, such as Sept. 11,” Gallagher said.

Karen Conklin, Red Cross chapter executive director, has said ,“If you are that person who watches tornadoes and hurricane devastation and says, ‘I wish I could help,’ your local Red Cross is the step to deployment to a national disaster.”

Disaster volunteers are needed in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

Red Cross officials said the “new wave of volunteers will help make a difference in the community.”