Red Cross to Train Volunteers to Help Victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma

How to volunteer in Florida during Hurricane Irma

Northeast Ohio Red Cross volunteers on the ground for Irma relief efforts

When there's a devastating natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, it's a reminder that despite the political and cultural differences that divide this country, we can still come together when it counts to help those in need.

In a few short hours, volunteers will be deployed out to Georgia, Florida, or Texas.

The session will be held tomorrow night (9/12) from 5:30 to 9 at the American Red Cross Chapter office, 1545 N. West Bypass, in Springfield.

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Local Red Cross volunteers are switching gears, from Texas to Florida as Harvey responders and getting themselves prepared to help Hurricane Irma victims.

KSN spoke to a volunteer from Kansas, who is now in Texas, responding to Harvey. You can simply text "REDCROSS" to 90999.

More than 1,800 Red Cross volunteers have responded already with 400 more on their way, she said. "Whatever they need, we want to be able to be supportive and helpful". Unfortunately, collecting and sending food, clothing and other household items often does more harm than good.

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Fitzgerald says they don't yet have specifics on how the county will help. "A lot of homes are still not even accessible so people are just now starting to really get a good grip about what happened to them", says Reed. Walmart will now match customer donations two-to-one with cash and product donations of up to $10 million to support American Red Cross disaster-response efforts.

They are also asking people to give blood and monetary donations to help with their efforts. NOTE: Mobile phones are not compatible with the texting system.

The American Red Cross of Southern Missouri is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.

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