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More than two dozen newly trained Red Cross volunteers from Kansas are being deployed to hurricane-damaged areas in Texas, Florida and the Virgin Islands.

The south-central Red Cross chapter held a disaster training session in Wichita over the weekend to get the volunteers ready to serve.

Executive Director Jennifer Sanders says the volunteers will likely help at evacuation centers.

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Kansas Red Cross says it’s had an overwhelming response to its call for more volunteers.

The south-central chapter is processing new recruits and getting them trained so they can serve in the flood disaster areas in Texas.

Kansas Red Cross is working to get more volunteers in the pipeline so they’ll be available to take over when the current volunteers return home.

Dozens of disaster relief workers deployed this week, including 30 from the south-central area.

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Kansas Red Cross disaster relief workers are in the Houston area to help with flood recovery efforts. Several other volunteers are on standby for possible deployment.

The Red Cross is providing shelter, meals and comfort to people impacted by the catastrophic flooding in Texas. The South Central and Southeast Red Cross chapter sent four emergency response vehicles and about two dozen volunteers.

Executive director Jennifer Sanders says more than 30 shelters are open in the Houston area.

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With a major winter storm expected to hit parts of Kansas Friday evening, officials are offering residents tips on how to stay safe this weekend.

Sedgwick County officials suggest having enough food and water on hand to last through the storm. They also recommend having a power outage plan that includes identifying a safe place to stay and making sure generators are fueled.

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Local volunteers from the Red Cross are answering the call to help people across four states who were affected by Hurricane Matthew.

As of Monday morning, 37 volunteers from the Kansas, Nebraska, and southwest Iowa region were heading the East coast to provide assistance. Ten of the 37 are from the South Central and Southeast Kansas Chapter.

The responders will be working to help distribute relief supplies and health services, among other things.

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Sedgwick County Commissioners have called for a state of emergency after a flash flood caused severe damage in the town of Mulvane last week.

The declaration makes Mulvane eligible for state and federal disaster assistance funding. This is the first time since the Oaklawn Tornado in 2012 that the county has had to declare a state of local disaster emergency.

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Some residents in Mulvane are seeking assistance from the American Red Cross after flood waters rose quickly in the area over the weekend.

Dozens of residents have contacted the Red Cross at a service center in Mulvane. Executive director Michelle Jantz says people came into the center talking about how they didn’t expect the flood to move so rapidly.

"You know, they’re just talking about their homes, and the damage that they're seeing, and the personal belongings that are destroyed," she says.

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Red Cross volunteers from the Wichita area are headed to Louisiana to help with flood relief efforts.

The American Red Cross office based in Wichita is sending at least five people to Baton Rouge to help with the recovery from recent floods. The volunteers will take an Emergency Response Vehicle to help with distributing food and disaster relief supplies.

Michelle Jantz, executive director of the Red Cross serving central and southeast Kansas, says the group could be working in Louisiana for at least two weeks.

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