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Red Cross Volunteers Critical In Western North Dakota & Eastern Montana As Population Increases


Local Red Cross volunteers respond at all hours of the day and night with food, blankets, clothing, lodging, and comfort to help more than 500 people with nowhere else to turn after disasters in 2014. That includes 15 families displaced after a tornado hit Watford City, ND last summer.

As the population in western North Dakota and eastern Montana increases, the need for volunteers and capacity also rises. From home fires to blizzards and tornadoes to floods, the Red Cross will be there. But we can’t do it without the help of our neighbors. 94% of the humanitarian services the Red Cross provides are done by volunteers.

The is why the Red Cross not only needs your help with contributions to support those in need, but also needs your help to build its volunteer base. Are you looking to make a difference in your community? Spending time with the Red Cross can provide that opportunity.

“As responses grow in our region, building our capacity will be so important,” said Kira Nauman, Red Cross Disaster Program Manager in western North Dakota. “Having disaster team members available is critical so we can be efficient and nimble in our responses.”

The Red Cross encourages everyone in the area to take steps to be safe and ready for disaster. Download our Red Cross apps on your mobile devices for free on itunes and google play stores. These apps will give you steps before, during, and after an emergency situation.

“Preparation is the first step in the disaster cycle,” Nauman added. “Practicing escape plans and making sure your family is ready can make a huge difference.”

The Red Cross will be holding an informational meeting in Watford City, ND for those interesting in serving as a volunteer. There is no obligation to commit, just a chance to learn more.

Date: Monday, Jan. 26, Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: City Hall 213 2nd St. NE Watford City, ND

Our work is made possible by the generosity of the American public. You can help people affected by disasters big and small by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables us to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters. You can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.


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