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Local Red Cross Sends Volunteers to Louisiana

Volunteers from the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross head out for Louisiana where they'll work in shelters for people displaced by Hurricane Gustav. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Seven Red Cross volunteers from Springfield are scheduled to leave for Louisiana this morning. Two volunteers are leaving from Forsyth, Missouri. They're all going to help with recovery efforts following the arrival of Hurricane Gustav earlier this week. Joann Moore is the spokeswoman for the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Moore says there's been a real need for volunteers with this disaster. She says anyone interested in being trained for future disasters can participate in a class this Friday. Information on the training is available by calling the American Red Cross Greater Ozarks Chapter at 1-866-206-0256. That's also the number to call if you're an evacuee seeking assistance. Wednesday evening, the Red Cross closed its shelter in Springfield but can still provide help to those displaced by the hurricane.