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Red Cross prepares volunteers for next disaster

9:59 PM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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The American Red Cross holds training session for volunteers interested in working in future disaster situations.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Dozens of West Michigan volunteers have already gone to the East Coast as part of the Red Cross' response efforts to Hurricane sandy. Now the organization is preparing a new group of disaster workers.

The organization held orientation for other interested volunteers Monday night at seven Red Cross offices around West Michigan.

The training gives volunteers an overview of the organization's procedures in different disaster situations and helps them decide if they are a good fit for the program.

"Every disaster has its own distinct challenges," says Chip Kragt with the American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids. "What we do is we work with our volunteers to find what their strengths are, what their capabilities are and what physical ailments they may have so that we don't put a volunteer into a situation where they're not going to be able to be of help to other people."

THe orientation is a first step for volunteers. They will have more training before they can be sent out.

The Red Cross holds general volunteer orientation seminars every two weeks.

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