MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross is calling for volunteers to train and deploy to the east coast to help those in need following Hurricane Matthew.

Two “Fast Track” training sessions will be held, one on Friday, October 21 and another on Saturday, October 29 in Minneapolis.

“Rivers are still rising leaving entire communities underwater and uprooting thousands of lives,” said Phil Hansen, CEO, American Red Cross Minnesota Region. “Volunteers are needed to help provide shelter, food and relief supplies. We’re also recruiting health services professionals, such as nurses, paramedics and EMTs.”

The Red Cross says 50 volunteer spots are available at the training for each date. Coursework will include an overview of disaster services, position-specific training, psychological first aid and deployment basics.

Training runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will take place at the American Red Cross Minnesota Region’s Minneapolis office at 1201 West River Parkway. Those wishing to volunteer must be at least 18 years-old, have a valid driver’s license and be available to deploy for two weeks within the next month.

To register, send your name and phone number to Red Cross Volunteer Services at arctc.vsvolunteer@redcross.org.

The Red Cross has already mobilized 3,000 disaster workers, including 33 from Minnesota.