Local Red Cross asking for volunteers to deploy to flood ravaged Texas
If you've ever wanted to help people in need, now is your chance -- and it's a very unusual chance.
The Alaska chapter of the American Red Cross will soon provide training to the public, which would allow people to head to Texas to help those recovering from Hurricane Harvey.
"It's heartbreaking for people to turn on the news and see that and not do anything about it," said Lisa Miller, communications officer for the Red Cross. "So we've had a lot of people interested. So due to that response, we've opened up these training sessions."
She says the local chapter has been getting calls from people wanting to help those impacted by flooding in Texas.
Miller says those interested would have to register take some training courses and pass a background check to be eligible. She says training sessions will soon be held in Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks.
Miller told KTVA Tuesday that it would take about a month to get new volunteers up to speed to deploy to Texas. The Red Cross would keep them in Texas for about two weeks.
The Red Cross is also asking registered nurses to volunteer to go to the Gulf Coast, as well as licensed mental health professionals.
To donate or to get Red Cross trained and certified, visit the American Red Cross website, or call at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).