The Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross hopes an upcoming training session will make a dent in a severe shortage of volunteers.
In a major hurricane, the Red Cross plans to open 17 storm shelters in Harrison, Hancock, and Pearl River counties. Officials say, as of right now, they only have enough volunteers to staff 10 percent of those shelters.
Red Cross officials say they know there are more people out there who want to help their neighbors during a storm.
"It's three full days of training for the fundamentals of disaster up through mental health services. We'll have a full day of shelter operations classes on Saturday. We'll be training the nurses staff on Sunday all day long. So we're looking for any volunteers with all kinds of backgrounds and volunteers without the backgrounds. We'll give them backgrounds in the training to be helping their neighbors," Bob Beebe with the Red Cross said.