American Red Cross seeking disaster response volunteers

Home fires, floods, wildfires and tornadoes are just a few of the disasters the American Red Cross responds to each and every day, but the Red Cross can't be there without volunteers. With severe weather season fast approaching, the American Red Cross is issuing a community-wide appeal for new volunteers to become trained and ready to respond should a disaster occur in the community.To insure that the American Red Cross is ready to respond to any type of major disaster a multi-state, Texas and Oklahoma, disaster assessment exercise is going to be conducted on March 2 in Abilene. Training on how to conduct disaster assessment will be offered free to volunteers who would be willing to help in the exercise on Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Red Cross office, 1610 North 2nd Street, Abilene. Online training will also be offered Feb. 16 and Feb. 23. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is encouraged to enroll.For more information, or to become a Disaster Response Volunteer, call Allen Brooks at (325) 677-2622.