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Red Cross trains volunteers for emergencies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Recent images and memories of the impact of Hurricane Matthew hammering parts of the southeast have several Mid-Southerners wanting to lend a helping hand.

On Thursday, they were in a classroom setting learning how to be American Red Cross volunteers.

"They would be the volunteers who would go out after an event like Hurricane Matthew or locally after a tornado or a larger fire," said Jeanna Bailey.

"I waned to do something to give back to the community and I'm no longer employed, and I thought this is a great time to do that," said Jacquelyn Meggett.

"Yes, that's why we are here to help each other, to be each others keepers and that's my reason for it."

This training for recovery assistance, emotional support, health services and distributing emergency relief can also help in Memphis and the Mid-South.

"Lately, you've probably seen in Memphis significant fires, and, as the weather gets colder, that'll increase. Our volunteer base needs to increase," said Bailey.