Disaster Relief Training

Since the damage is so extensive from Hurricane Katrina the call is out for people to receive disaster training.

Alicia McDaniel says members of her family have already helped victims of Katrina.

McDaniel says: "My little brother is certified in disaster training. He's an EMT, a paramedic, volunteer firefighter, and he took a load of water to people in Mississippi.

When Alicia’s brother returned, he told her she should also lend a hand. She says: "They needed people that could drive trucks and go in and unless you have the disaster training, they wouldn't let you go in."

The American Red Cross says so far 176,000 Red Cross workers from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands have responded to Katrina.

However, more help is needed. Janelle McGee, with the American Red Cross, says: "They can't do it a lot and you're only allowed to go for a maximum of three weeks because of the mental stress of each individual, so we have to replace those people with other people."

That's why Alicia and other South Central Kentuckians are taking the Red Cross Disaster Relief class.

McGee says: "A lot of people want to do something right now; they can't do anything for the Red Cross unless they're trained through the Red Cross."

The class is held on two night's for a total of six hours and there's an online portion participants take.

After that, you're certified to be a volunteer for the Red Cross and you can travel to the disaster areas with the Red Cross.

For more information, you can log onto www.redcross.org.


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