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Red Cross to Train Volunteers this Weekend

American Red Cross

The Red Cross relies on volunteers to help it reach victims of natural disasters like Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.  The American Red Cross of Southern Missouri currently has 17 volunteers helping out after Hurricane Harvey and 13 are helping victims of Irma.

Saturday (9/23), it will hold a training session for new volunteers interested in helping with both local and national disasters.  Volunteers will get a disaster services overview, basic training and will learn about mobile feeding and bulk supply distribution.

Volunteers must be over 18, have registered through the Red Cross website and passed a criminal background check.  They must commit to being deployed for at least 14 days and be ready to deploy within 48 hours after being assigned.  They must also be in good health with no physical limitations.

The training session will be held Saturday, September 23, from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.. at the American Red Cross Chapter office in Springfield, 1545 N. West Bypass.  Maximum capacity for the training session is 40 people, and registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. 

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Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.