Red Cross training volunteers this weekend
BATON ROUGE - As the hurricane season begins brewing, the Red Cross is preparing to train a new crop of volunteers.
This Saturday the Red Cross will offer training statewide for people that want to help out during disasters like a hurricane.
"Volunteers are always moving, changing jobs, having kids - It's not like we ever have enough," said Jane Morgan, state disaster officer for the Red Cross in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Morgan said it's critical to register and receive training in advance so that response is not delayed
"The great thing about it is anybody can take training and go help," said Clay Smilie, who volunteered with his wife during Hurricane Gustav. "Whether retired or working, you can still help. The only qualification you have to have is the willingness to help others during a time of need."
To take part in the training on July 30, print out an application from the Red Cross website. You can also register for the training at your local Red Cross chapter. Then before Saturday go through the Disaster Services Overview presentation on the website.
For more information, contact your local Red Cross chapter.