How to help when disaster hits

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) - The Red Cross has many different volunteer opportunities from helping to install smoke detectors to responding when something happens like a fire or flood.

One way to volunteer is being a member of the Disaster Action Team. These volunteers meet with people on site who have been affected by emergencies, like home fire, right after the event has occurred.

The volunteers can provide immediate assistance as well as lodging assistance...along with disaster mental health services to the people facing emergencies.

Spencer Pollock, of the Red Cross, says, "They’re going through the worst moments of their life in all likelihood. In reality, all of us are just one banana peel away from being in crises in our own lives.”

Whether it's the middle of the day, or night, when disaster hits, the Red Cross calls these devoted volunteers in the particular area of the disaster.

Generally, two volunteers are sent out to each situation. After checking in on the people impacted by the emergency, the volunteers give the needed Red Cross assistance.

If you're interested in volunteering, call (307) 638-8906.