If you can help. This is an exert from the Pasadena Start News:
For only the second time since its inception, the American Red Cross is loosening restrictions for emergency disaster volunteers in an attempt to get as much help as possible to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Red Cross officials are calling it their largest mobilization of resources ever.
The Red Cross is appealing not only to those with experience and training in disaster response but to any able-bodied persons willing to make the trip, Peterson said.
Volunteers are being asked to sign up for a one- to three-week commitment to the response if they are in good physical condition, able to work long hours under hardship conditions, and willing to stay in mass-staffing quarters, Peterson said.
Those without training will receive some before they are dispatched to the hurricane site. Since the relief effort is expected to last as long as three months, said Peterson, inexperienced volunteers will have plenty of time to train and go into the field.
"We want to get hard-working, caring individuals out there," Peterson said. "We'll take anyone who meets those criteria."
Those interested can apply by calling (562) 945-3944
and asking for the Disaster Services Volunteers. For cash donations, send checks to the Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C., 20013.This is the local site for the San Gabriel Valley Red Cross http://www.sgvarc.org/