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How to volunteer for Hurricane Matthew relief

Mike Corey checks on rental units as floodwaters slowly rise at the Wyndham Circle duplex complex in Greenville, N.C. The homes were threatened as the Tar River came out of its banks from all the rains from Hurricane Matthew.
Mike Corey checks on rental units as floodwaters slowly rise at the Wyndham Circle duplex complex in Greenville, N.C. The homes were threatened as the Tar River came out of its banks from all the rains from Hurricane Matthew. File photo

The American Red Cross in Kansas is seeking volunteers for Hurricane Matthew relief.

More than 40 volunteers from the Kansas Red Cross region, which includes Nebraska and southwestern Iowa, have already responded to Hurricane Matthew. A news release from the Red Cross said 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers have responded to relief efforts in five southeastern states because of Hurricane Matthew.

Volunteers must be at least 18, have a valid driver’s license and be available to travel for two weeks within the next month. The Red Cross covers all training and travel costs for Hurricane Matthew volunteers.

Before traveling, disaster volunteers will attend a daylong workshop, which includes an overview of disaster services, position-specific training and deployment basics.

Volunteers must attend one daylong workshop in Salina on Tuesday or in Wichita on Oct. 28.

Two training sessions are available in Kansas: Tuesday at the American Red Cross Office in Salina, 145 S. Broadway, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Oct. 28 at the American Red Cross Office in Wichita, 1900 E. Douglas, 8 a.m-6 p.m.

To register and for more information, visit http://bit.ly/JITtraining, call 620-251-1050 or e-mail Nicole.Bartman@redcross.org.

The Red Cross is also seeking donations. To donate, visit redcross.org, call 800-733-2767 or text “MATTHEW” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Animal Care & Control workers from Charlotte were in eastern North Carolina to check on pets at evacuated homes after Hurricane Matthew. One ‘little brown dog’ wanted to go home with them. (Video courtesy of CMPD Animal Care & Control)

Gabriella Dunn: 316-268-6400, @gabriella_dunn

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