Red Cross overwhelmed with volunteer offers

American Red Cross volunteers

April 16, 2011 9:00:00 PM PDT
The American Red Cross says it has been overwhelmed with inquires from people who want to help those affected by Saturdays tornadoes.

As a result of the response, the Red Cross is unable to coordinate its own trained staff. For now only trained personnel is being used due to the danger involved.

The City of Raleigh expressed similar sentiments. It says it is limiting volunteer opportunities to the Triangle Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The number power lines and trees brought down by the storm create a hazardous situation best left to those that are experienced in dealing with emergencies.

Volunteer opportunities for assistance may be available through the city of Raleigh after the power lines are restored in the hardest hit areas. To register your desire to provide assistance, please email Dan Howe, Assistant City Manager, at

Also, the Red Cross says it does not need food donations from the public.

Shelters remain open to assist displaced families.

For a complete list of those facilities, click here.

Families can check on the welfare of loved ones through the Safe and Well program link at

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