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Red Cross Welcoming Donations

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Jed Boal ReportingUtah volunteers are jumping into action to help hurricane victims. Several Red Cross disaster volunteers are already on their way from Salt Lake and dozens more could be going during the next few weeks.

They are looking for volunteers, but volunteers already trained in disaster response. The head of the Greater Salt Lake Chapter of the American Red Cross this morning said they're working the phones this morning, calling Utah volunteers who can deploy for the next three weeks.

The Salt Lake chapter already sent three volunteers and they hope to send another 30 in the days and weeks ahead. They'll take water, food and clothing to hurricane victims and drive their Emergency Response Vehicle to the region. The Mountain Valley Chapter in Provo will send a truck with seven volunteers and possibly more.

The Emergency Services Director in Provo is actually named Katrina. She says she's taken a lot of kidding about her name the last few days, but she's just glad chapters from across the country can help with such a large-scale disaster.

Katrina Pope, Mountain Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross: "A lot of times people just want to help. They see a need. They say, ‘I can't do everything, but I can give two or three weeks of my time to help.’ That's the major reason people go out."

Red Cross Volunteers will help shelter and feed hurricane victims; they'll also help with damage assessment. It's a tough job, they'll live in shelters and have to cope with power outages and heat and humidity.

If you'd like to help the relief effort, the Red Cross says it always appreciates monetary donations.

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