ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Flint River Chapter of the American Red Cross is reaching out for volunteers.
Nigel Poole, the Emergency Services Program manager of the Albany chapter says that the organization is calling for volunteers to contact them as back up, should they have to set up emergency shelters next week.
Another round of heavy rain weather systems could make this necessary. Nine inches of rain last week has saturated the earth, and filled most tributaries to high levels. Additional rain won't have much room to run off.
Poole says that there's something they can find for anyone to do, regardless of age. "I did a call down yesterday and have probably 20 percent of that say they could respond."
With the potential of flooding from Albany to Lake Seminole, the Red Cross is sending out an urgent call for volunteers, which could be needed next week. The volunteers need to sign up and pass a background check so they are approved.
"We want to get them pre-determined. And get volunteers in here in case we need to use them. And here's hoping we don't have to use them."
EMA Officials and the Red Cross checked out possible shelter locations today. Dougherty County EMA Deputy Director Jim Vaught said, "But we want to be prepared in case something does happen over the weekend. That the water becomes high. We're ready for it instead of trying to jump through a hoop."
The American Red Cross needs volunteers to sign up now, and be approved if needed. And they need you today.
"Anybody from 12 to 112, there is a job for you with Red Cross. We can find something for you to do," Poole said.
Preparations are being made, and the big need is volunteers.
Meanwhile, Emergency Management officials of the city of Albany and Dougherty County are meeting to get ideas about what actions they may need to take if flash flooding becomes and issue in the low-lying areas as it did last week.
You can contact the Flint River Chapter of the American Red Cross a 229-924-2026, and online at this website.