Red Cross calls for volunteers to help in busy hurricane season


PORTLAND – With experts predicting active hurricane and wildfire seasons, the American Red Cross needs volunteers to care for people when disaster strikes.

“Emergencies don’t stop and neither does the work of the Red Cross. We’re working to make sure we can provide critical help in times of disaster,” said James Segerson, regional disaster officer for the Northern New England Region of the Red Cross. “Train now to be a Red Cross volunteer and answer the call to help people in urgent need. You can make real difference.”

The Red Cross will need thousands of volunteers nationally to be ready this disaster season, given the predictions around hurricane and wildfire seasons and the added complexities of COVID-19. The Northern New England Region is seeking additional volunteers to join the ranks of its disaster volunteers who deploy to major disasters.

“You see the best of humanity on disaster relief operations. Red Crossers from all walks of life come together and put their strengths toward the shared mission of helping people through their darkest time,” said Dr. John Devlin of Cape Elizabeth, a volunteer who has deployed numerous times, including in the COVID-19 environment. ”It’s incredibly fulfilling. You get back more than you give.” 

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