Local Red Cross volunteers deploy to help hurricane victims

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)– Local Red Cross volunteers are heading to Orlando to join the hundreds of volunteers who are already in Texas, Florida and now Puerto Rico.

The Connecticut Red Cross has about 300 people on the ground to help victims of Harvey, Irma, and now Maria.

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But, the Red Cross says it still needs more volunteers.

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“What you do right now is you fill out a volunteer application. We are running training courses for basic courses like sheltering, disaster center services, and the general things that you need to know to be able to go out on a relief operation,” said Stefanie Arcangelo, Connecticut Red Cross.

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That training typically takes about a month. But with the urgent need for help in some many places, they’re speeding up the process. There will now be all day training Tuesdays and Saturdays to get people out quicker.

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