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      American Red Cross is looking for volunteers

      Members of the American Red Cross are in the process of recruiting new volunteers.

      Floods, tornados, hurricanes, fires; Whatever the disaster may be, American Red Cross Volunteers are always there to lend a helping hand. Dwane Wilkerson, a volunteer with the Red Cross has been a witness and a helper with numerous disasters.

      "I've been on floods in Iowa, Hannibal, Missouri. Tornados in Arkansas, Illinois," said Wilkerson.

      Wilkerson is a member of the Disaster Relief Team. Red Cross Disaster Relief focuses on meeting people's immediate emergency needs caused by disaster. When disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and emotional service to assist individuals and families in resuming their normal daily activities. Disaster Relief team members also feed emergency workers, handle inquiries from concerned family members outside of the disaster area, and provide blood to disaster victims. However, the Red Cross is always looking for new individuals to lend a helping hand.

      "We need a lot more local volunteers right now. We are kind of short on help and encourage anybody that's interested to join the Red Cross and become a disaster volunteer," Wilkerson added.

      Working with the Red Cross can also help those that volunteer to be prepared in the event of an emergency situation.

      "The more prepared we are the better we recover. The more prepared people are for a disaster the less of an impact it will have on them and the sooner they can recover," said Cindy Malloy a member of the Macon County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

      The Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help with disaster relief, blood drives, and health and safety services. If you're interested in volunteering, contact the North Central Missouri Chapter located in Kirksville at (660)-665-5686