|Published:||May 27, 2010 3:49 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 27, 2010 12:29 AM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - With hurricane season starting in five days and the oil slick in the gulf - the Red Cross is being bombarded by people who want to volunteer.
Wednesday night they held a class teaching volunteers what to do when they are deployed to a disaster. The Red Cross has never had a class like this before, but said they felt compelled to because of the over-whelming number of people calling wanting to help whenever they can.
People packed in and listened - wanting to know how they can help.
"I'm ready to go where ever I have to go."
Nydia Concepcion just got back from Alabama where she responded to tornado victims. Now, people in this room fear they may be able to stay closer to home to help in the next disaster - whether it be an oil slick or a hurricane. For Charles Agee, the spill in the gulf hits close to home.
"I'm very passionate about what's going on. I'm a native gulf coast resident. I was born and raised on the upper Texas gulf coast. I'm very familiar with what catastrophic impacts are happening as we speak and I'm hoping we can do whatever it takes."
It's the same story when a hurricane hits.
"Following the aftermath of the severe weather we've had so far, this could be an extreme storm season - which is kind of unsettling for me."
As for this disaster in the gulf, the Red Cross said they are on standby.
"What we've been told is that we would possibly be back up for the cleanup crews and such. In other words, if we were called to provide backup we would go."
The volunteers, new and old, are ready.
"This is a disaster, but we have to be prepared for all kinds of disasters."
In Lee County right now, the Red Sross has more than 560 volunteers.
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