The American Red Cross has launched a massive response to Hurricane Harvey, to get help where it's needed. 24 volunteers from Eastern New York have already left for Texas and more are needed.

Boot camps to prepare volunteers have been so successful, more are being planned. More than 150 people took part, 70 in Utica alone, during the first round. Four additional boot camp sessions will be held in the next two weeks with another in Utica September 9th.

Tuesday, September 5
American Red Cross
33 Everett Road
Albany, NY 12205

Thursday, September 7
Poughkeepsie, NY
Training location TBA

Saturday, September 9
Utica, NY
Training location TBA

Wednesday, September 13
Saratoga Music Hall
474 Broadway, #6
Saratoga Springs, NY 12886

Register online at or call (518) 694-5104.

Each boot camp will run from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M and training will include a comprehensive overview of Red Cross relief operations during large-scale disasters, focusing on sheltering.

If you want to volunteer you must be willing to serve in a disaster-affected area for at least 2 weeks within the next month. The Red Cross will cover all training and travel costs.

You can help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by donating at, by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or by texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

 Hurricane Harvey Photo Gallery


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