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Red Cross has urgent need for volunteers

Training classes set for Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Red Cross is helping thousands of flood victims in Texas and Louisiana while they are preparing to respond to Hurricane Irma. It is asking for individuals, clubs or church groups who are willing to help in a shelter during and after a storm.

Trainings are set for the next three days at the Jacksonville Red Cross office, 751 Riverside Avenue at the following times:

Thursday, 6-9 p.m.
Friday, 8-11 a.m.
Saturday, 8-11 a.m.

During Gov. Rick Scott's briefing Thursday morning news conference he acknowledged that the American Red Cross is sending 1,000 volunteers to Florida, but more are needed.

"We have had more than 4,000 volunteers sign up in less than 24 hours. This includes more than 700 state employees," Scott said. "This is outstanding, but we still need more. We need about 17,000 volunteers statewide."

Floridians can go to VolunteerFlorida.org to sign up for volunteer opportunities.