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Red Cross trains relief volunteers

September 3, 2005

Albany- The south Georgia American Red Cross gave residents a crash course in dealing with disasters. The Red Cross moved up their fall training plans and held two volunteer training courses to ready volunteers for the Katrina clean up effort.

Twenty six volunteers attended Friday's session and another 52 sat through classes Saturday. Volunteers are taught how to deal with large crowds and how to relate to people in a trauma situation. The Red Cross has asked for a three week commitment in the devastated areas, but help is also needed here in South Georgia.

"I had a friend that was living, had just moved to Mississippi, and it just felt like I wanted to do something to help. You know I was watching the television getting depressed, feeling sorry for the people and I thought there's got to be something I can do locally," said Pamela Jackson, Volunteer in training.

In her spare time, Pam has been answering phones and helping with the local Red Cross shelter needs. The South Georgia American Red Cross is expecting a request for volunteers as the clean up efforts kick in along the Gulf Coast.

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