Hoosiers train for Red Cross and deploy to east coast immediately

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - There are already hundreds of Hoosiers along the east coast helping hurricane victims and now more are on the way.

The Red Cross of Central Indiana opened its doors Friday as an emergency training facility allowing people to walk in, get trained and then be immediately sent to Florida to assist in some of the most affected areas.

Red Cross Workforce Engagement Manager Brooke Riester, who is in charge of volunteer efforts for the state, said five Hoosiers came to the center for training Friday are now on their way to Florida to assist with relief efforts. Volunteers are mostly helping with security, logistics and the distribution of critical supplies, Riester said.

The center will stay open for training until the demand for volunteers along the east coast goes down.

“We really need help with sheltering, mobile feeding, and bulk distribution," volunteer coordinator Donna Colon-Stephens said.

The training consist of several computer-based training modules and then more specific instructions on you whatever you're tasked to do for the victims.

“(Volunteers) will learn a little bit about what the crisis is, what kind of problems people might be experiencing and what their role would be in helping to resolve those issues," Red Cross Instructor Cathy Nickels said. "Whether its linking them up with services, places to stay, getting them bedding, clothing, showering supplies, some of the basic things they may need."

The Red Cross located at 1510 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46202 is open for walk-in Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.