Salvation Army looking for volunteers for hurricane relief

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Sep. 18, 2017 at 3:37 PM CDT
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There are still thousands of people who are in need of help in the aftermath of hurricanes that recently hit Texas and Florida.

Omaha area’s Salvation Army is currently training volunteers to go those areas and help people pick up the pieces.

The hurricanes left behind total destruction. There are thousands of people who still need help. That’s why the Salvation Army is training people to go to these areas to help others.

Captain Miranda Duskin is receiving training again. This is not the first time that she has traveled to a disaster area to help.

“I went down to (Hurricane) Katrina a long time ago and you just don’t know want to expect,” she said. “So having some training give you a little bit of stability so you can be ready and on call for when things happen.”

The training volunteers receive here is vital. It helps to put all volunteers from across the country on the same page.

“Oh yes, it’s good to have the same communication,” Duskin said. “We have like a streamline of code or verbal terminology you know what you’re asking for, its not just the Salvation Army but other organizations that are working together. We all use the same terminology, so we can get the right resources to the right places at the right time.”

Duskin knows what to expect when she arrives in the areas damaged by hurricanes. She hopes to help and she knows it will challenging

“It’s a life changing experience,” she said. “You go down there to help but mostly you’re a listening ear. You see people who have lost their houses, lost their homes, lost their families, their livelihoods and you’re there to be a shoulder to lean on and help in any way you can.”

Officials with the Salvation Army here in the heartland plan to send volunteers to Texas next week and they will continue to provide volunteers to the area as long as they are needed.

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