The American Red Cross is looking for more volunteers to help in disaster zones and offering expedited training to help get people to where help is needed most.
Trish Burnett, with the Red Cross, said the organization currently needs more people to staff shelters across the South.
"We've got about 7,500 people in Texas still in shelters," she said, "and we don't know exactly how many we'll have in Florida, Georgia, and the southern tier once we realize the power needs, and how long the power will be out, and all of that. But we do expect a large percentage to need some continuing sheltering."
Burnett said she hopes the people who receive training will return home and continue to help those in need here in Illinois.
The expedited training sessions are taking place over the next three weeks across the state. You can find out more information by contacting your local Red Cross, or calling 309-662-0500 extension 7428.