San Diego Red Cross sends resources for hurricane relief

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The American Red Cross in San Diego is joining the nationwide network of  Red Cross employees and volunteers to help with shelter, food and supplies for those who have been affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey.

At least 18 volunteers from the San Diego-Imperial County offices of the Red Cross have already been sent to Florida, in anticipation of the damage from Irma.

On Tuesday, two San Diego volunteers in a Red Cross emergency vehicle left for Florida, where the truck will be used as a mobile feeding station.    

Because of the magnitude of Hurricane Harvey and the arrival of Irma, the Red Cross is seeking additional volunteers.

The Red Cross would like to deploy 1,500 more volunteers nationwide in the next three weeks.

Victor Roosen, the regional disaster officer in San Diego is leaving for the U.S. Virgin Islands as soon as the U.S. military can arrange a transport to the islands. Roosen has been deployed 17 times, for to run shelters in places such as West Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Mississippi and American Samoa.

Although the days can be long and tiring, "helping these folks that are going through the worst days of their lives, there’s nothing better, I think, to be able to be engaged in such a way,” Roosen said.

If you’re over the age of 18, in good health and can commit to a deployment of 14 days, you may qualify as a volunteer for the relief efforts in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.  

The Red Cross in San Diego is holding special training sessions, called "shelter boot camps."

They are scheduled for every Tuesday night this month from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

The maximum capacity for these training sessions is 100 people. You can sign up online to reserve a spot in advance. Walk-ins will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

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