HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)- As the Tennessee Valley continues its recovery from the recent months of severe weather, dozens of volunteers are learning how to respond in times of crisis.
Salvation Army workers say they have been stretched thin over the past several months. While crews are still working on the long-term recovery efforts here at home, volunteers are still being mobilized across the country.
On Monday five local volunteers were sent to Pennsylvania to help with flood relief, from Tropical Storm Lee. This week they are training for emergency disaster response.
Volunteers are learning everything from food preparation to spiritual counseling. The Salvation Army says it needs all the extra help it can get.
"We are always called upon when there's a disaster. You know there have been times when it's been a little quieter but recently across our nation we've seen that it has not been that quiet when it comes to natural disasters. Salvation Army's prepared and we're willing to be there and we're willing to serve until we're no longer needed," says Kimberly George, Director of Marketing and Development for the Salvation Army.
There is still time to get involved if you are interested in volunteering or participating in the training classes, which run through Wednesday.