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Red Cross Prepares New Group Of Volunteers

BILOXI (WLOX) -- It's been a quiet start to this year's hurricane season. But that's not stopping South Mississippians from getting the necessary training in case disaster strikes.

The American Red Cross is urging people to get a disaster kit, make a plan and be informed. The Red Cross says that's critical in protecting you and your family.  

Some new volunteer trainees are not only getting the tools to help themselves, they're preparing to help people across the world.

"It's their introduction and then it gives them a taste of where they want to be and how they want to go out and serve the community," says Bill Brent, Director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Red Cross.

Even though South Mississippi is still in recovery mode, Brent says volunteers are already prepared to go help others across the nation.

"A lot of these people have been able to get their lives put back together and they know how hard it is to recover from something like a Katrina or the floods that people are dealing with in the Midwest," Brent said.

It's that kind of selfless attitude that brought University of Iowa graduate, turned college professor Piji White to the Red Cross.

"The only way I feel I can do something is to be there," White said. 

White worked with the Red Cross in Vietnam, but has since focused on teaching. However, after going through Hurricane Katrina and now hearing of the devastation in other parts of the country, she knew it was time to return to the Red Cross.

"I think because we experienced something so similar that we certainly need to do what we can," White said.

For more information on training schedules and locations, call the Red Cross at (228) 896-4511.

By Elise Roberts

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