Red Cross San Diego needs volunteers for hurricane relief efforts

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Red Cross San Diego is looking for volunteers to assist their hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida after two hurricanes slammed the United States leaving behind widespread devastation. 

Volunteers willing to help are asked to attend a four-hour training session, scheduled each Tuesday through September from 5 to 9 p.m. The training gives an overview of disaster services volunteers may be asked to provide and trains on shelter fundamentals. The Red Cross will provide most travel, transfer, lodging and meals who are selected for the program.

Volunteers could be deployed within days or it could take months, Red Cross San Diego said, as areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma will need support for several years. 

Applicants must meet the following criteria to become a volunteer: 

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must complete American Red Cross volunteer application and background check
  • Must commit to being deployed for 14 days
  • Must be willing to work day or night shifts (12-14 hours)
  • Must be in good health – no physical limitations or mobility restrictions, able to lift 25 pounds
  • Once assigned, must be available to leave within 48 hours
  • Must be comfortable staying in a staff shelter (communal living situation; cots and blankets provided); working in high-stress situations and hot/humid environmental conditions

The training sessions are limited to 100 people and will be held at the American Red Cross San Diego headquarters at 3950 Calle Fortunada in San Diego. Availability is first-come, first-serve but people wishing to attend can sign up in advance here

Training Sessions:

  • Tuesday, September 12 – 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 19 – 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 26 – 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

* Subject to change and additional sessions may be added

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