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Red Cross trains would be volunteers in Hermitage

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HERMITAGE, Pa. -

The recent devastation in Florida and Texas following Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma has left thousands of people relying on volunteers for support. 

One of the agencies who has stepped in to try and make a difference in the hurricane ravaged areas is the Red Cross. 

In Texas alone, more than 22,000 people are said to be relying on Red Cross shelters for assistance, in Houston that number reaches more than 5,000. 

To meet the need of those whose homes and livelihoods have been damaged or destroyed, the Red Cross has deployed more than 6,000 volunteers from across the nation to Florida and Texas. 

But with the idea that thousands could be forced from their homes for several more weeks, they're looking for more volunteers.

Which is why Red Cross center across Pennsylvania are holding 'boot camps' for prospective volunteers. The brave men and women who sign up agree to undergo training for basic services such as setting up shelters, registering those who need help, and cleaning the shelters to keep them habitable. 

One of those training sessions took place in Mercer County Wednesday morning and taught a handful of potential volunteers the basics that they need to know to help. 

The Red Cross will be holding several more training sessions in the next few weeks and is looking for volunteers. 

Prospective volunteers must be at least age 18 and be willing and able to accept a 2-3 week deployment if needed. All courses are offered free of charge and advanced registration is required.

For more information on how to register for a class or other ways to help, visit the Red Cross' website. 

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