TRI-CITIES, Wash. — American Red Cross volunteers from our region are across the country preparing to help storm victims.
Local Red Cross director Peggy Hogarth told Action News it's one of three Washington teams providing aid around the world right now, with local teams also helping after storms in Guam and Hawaii.
"Volunteers and staff from our region, including a couple from our Tri-Cities, Walla Walla and Yakima chapter," Hoggarth clarified. "If this proceeds as predicted, many more will deploy."
She said everyday folks walk in to Red Cross chapters in their own neighborhoods to volunteer, many of whom are eventually sent to help all over the world.
But Hoggarth said it's not an overnight process.
The aid workers from our area trained here, but they also have to prepare for whatever they might find once deployed.
"They just cant decide they want to go," she explained."They're vetted so that they're ready, cause these are tough circumstances. It's really tough to go into these areas and see people who've lost their homes."
Hoggarth said the American Red Cross Tri-Cities chapter is always looking for volunteers, not just during hurricane season.