Local Red Cross chapters deploy volunteers in wake of Irma's destruction

WICHITA, Kan. It's been tough for local American Red Cross Chapters to balance helping after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and now Irma.

"We still have 50 volunteers from the state of Kansas deployed for Harvey, and we continue to send them as some come back. We need to make sure we have that pipeline full of other volunteers that are ready to go down to Texas and now also into, you know, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands," said Wichita Red Cross Executive Director Jennifer Sanders.

Right now, she says there are about 20 volunteers already in Florida, Georgia, South Caroline, North Carolina, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Another challenge the organization faces is figuring out the training wants and needs for the different areas hit by the two hurricanes.

"So, we always want to make sure the volunteers know what they're getting into, so that they are prepared, and they understand what's going to be asked of them," Sanders said.

Sanders said 28 new volunteers went through training Saturday. New volunteers are welcome to sign up and attend training sessions in either Wichita or Coffeyville on the weekends.