New Red Cross 'jump teams' to help with Irma relief

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Hurricane Harvey already did a number on federal relief funds and volunteer groups from across the nation.

For this training, volunteers must be over 18-years-old, have registered through the Red Cross website, and passed a criminal background check. For out-of-state deployment they must commit to 14 days of work, possibly including 12-hour day or night shifts.

The foundation, a philanthropic organization started by Atlanta-based SunTrust Bank, which has offices in Columbus, said it will donate $250,000 right away to the American Red Cross to assist first responders who are now helping storm victims.

From Woodward, veteran Red Cross volunteer Pam Briggs has been in Orlando since Tuesday last week, helping to prepare the headquarters where hundreds of volunteers will deploy from into stricken regions, White said. The session is limited to 40 participants who will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

KSN spoke to a volunteer from Kansas, who is now in Texas, responding to Harvey.

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"Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the Red Cross mission".

Go to to sign up for a class. "So it's important for them to be flexible and I think they have that spirit as they can be asked to do various things to support the disaster operations there in the community". "A lot of homes are still not even accessible so people are just now starting to really get a good grip about what happened to them", says Reed.

The Red Cross has launched a massive response to these devastating storms and needs financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately.

The American Red Crosse Scenic Bluff Chapter also has two volunteers in Texas to help rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.