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Red Cross volunteer training starts Friday

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Whenever disaster strikes, the American Red Cross sends volunteers to help. It was no different for Superstorm Sandy.

The Red Cross Savannah chapter is recruiting volunteers. Training is scheduled for Friday so they can be ready to be deployed to the Northeast.

More than 5,000 volunteers are already deployed to the storm-struck region. Marty Jones was sent to New Jersey.

He said their primary focus was on sheltering and that there still is so much more cleanup work to do.

Robin Wingate, executive director of the American Red Cross Savannah Chapter, said there are 10 to 15 hours of training involved to become a volunteer.

She said that it's important to remember that the mission is not a sprint - it's a marathon and that many volunteers will be deployed to the Northeast for the next several months.

It is a hardship assignment. Volunteers should be prepared to stay away from home for weeks at a time. They will sleep in a shelter, work long hours and it will be cold. 

Those who cannot volunteer can still pitch in.

To donate to the Red Cross, text the word "Red Cross" to the number 90999. A $10 donation will appear on your cell phone bill.

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