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American Red Cross Trains Volunteers For Disaster Relief

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Areas in West Virginia are still without power and food supplies are running low but local volunteers are putting in their time to help.

Close to 300 West Virginians spent the night at 23 shelters Thursday. That number doesn't include the people that came through to get warm and get a hot meal.

The American Red Cross is training volunteers to help at these shelters.

"We have people who are staying over night in some of our shelter so we need some folks to help with sheltering. Which is really just maintain care for people who aren't able to be in their homes right now for whatever reason," said Shauna Soom, the Executive Director of the American Red Cross River Valley Chapter.

The Red Cross is sending out crews in Emergency Response vehicles to provide mobile feeding to communities hit by the storm but that's not all that needs to be done.

The shelters need volunteers and Benjamin Foster wanted to be there for the people in need.

"Well, I've been reading where they needed help especially in Preston County areas, and I know a little bit about those areas I live in Cheat Lake and I was wanting to give back and help out. I do have the time to do that. I like to volunteer and I volunteer in other groups," said Benjamin Foster.

The training consisted of how to keep people warm and get them food. Volunteers trained for mass feeding in West Virginia but they have the opportunity to travel to the East Coast to help with disaster relief there.

"It's an online training today so it really gives them an overview of what happens at a shelter. And we need everything from nurses that help care for people. There are people in our shelters that have medication needs to folks who are preparing meals. Really just providing a warm hug to somebody," Soom said.

"Just as long as I, I want to learn as much as I can, and want to go through the steps. This is one of the things I had to go through to help... that's why I'm here," said Foster.

The Red Cross is working with it's partners to meet the immediate needs for the community.

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