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Red Cross holds training for Hurricane Matthew response

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Hurricane Matthew North Carolina

Floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew covers parts of Interstate 95 and homes and businesses in Lumberton, N.C., in mid-October.

The American Red Cross is holding three training sessions to prepare volunteers to serve in areas affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Volunteers are needed to travel to affected areas in the Southeastern U.S. for two weeks within 30 days.

The one-day training sessions will take place in Lincoln at 220 Oakcreek Drive on Oct. 26, in Grand Island at 404 E. Third St. on Oct. 24 and in Omaha at 2912 S. 80th Ave. on Oct. 27. All sessions run from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Jill Orton, CEO of the American Red Cross in Nebraska, said volunteers are needed to provide shelter and supplies. The Red Cross is also recruiting health services professionals, such as nurses, paramedics and EMTs.

The training will include an overview of disaster services, position-specific training and disaster deployments. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license.

To register, go to bit.ly/JITtraining or call 308-382-3790.

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