Red Cross gets new volunteers ready for Irma

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale - National Hurricane Center - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale - National Hurricane Center - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

"Our top priority is the safety of our volunteers, so one of the things we are looking for is how quickly we can get in and keep our volunteers safe at the same time", Wallace said.

Training will be held tomorrow night for anyone interested in helping the Southern Missouri Red Cross provide aid to victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

But companies like Xcel Energy still have enough Minnesotan helpers for round two of hurricane relief. "What we do is go around, make sure everyone's OK mentally, emotionally and physically", she said.

They already sent 60 trained volunteers down south.

"Many of them were actually rescued from the flood waters by the first responders, and it was a scary episode for them", said Wallace.

"We know that devastation that comes from floodwaters", Speral added.

"Burnett says she hopes the people who receive training will return home and continue to help those in need here in IL".

Speral cautions volunteers against self-deploying without first going through a well-established organization.

"We have other shelters that we have identified", said Edwards.

The SunTrust Foundation announced today it will commit a total of $500,000 to various disaster relief and recovery efforts while BMO Financial Group is donating $150,000 to the American Red Cross.

"I would like to go and help people that do need help".

"He said it was nearly instantly that his house was flooded", said Richard Smith, the Western South Dakota American Red Cross Executive Director.

Other companies assisting with Hurricane Irma relief include Airbnb, Allergan, Comcast, Eli Lily and Co., Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruises, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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