Hurricanes Mean Red Cross Needs Volunteers

INDIANAPOLIS — The American Red Cross needs volunteers, and is asking for more help from Indiana.

The approach of hurricane Sally, as well as the effects of hurricane Laura and the West Coast wildfires, have overwhelmed the organization. Red Cross Indiana Regional CEO Chad Priest told WISH-TV that the pandemic has only made things worse.

“Many of our volunteers, some who may be retirees, aren’t comfortable, or it’s not safe for them to deploy,” Priest said. “We’ve got great security and safety precautions in place, but the reality is the pandemic is a serious threat, and that’s why we need a renewed push for volunteers who are willing to go help.”

Red Cross volunteers that are deployed help provide food, shelter and support to those in need. In addition, they work with local officials to help first responders.

If you decide to sign up as a volunteer, Priest says, you will receive free, fast training to ensure quick deployment. There are virtual training options for those who feel uncomfortable gathering during the pandemic.

Volunteers must be at least 18 and have a valid driver’s license to volunteer. More information can be found at redcross.org.