GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Heart-wrenching images continue to come out of Moore, Oklahoma after the EF-5 tornado tore through the area Monday. It's not unusual for people, especially here in West Michigan, to see those images and answer a strong urge to help.
Several local residents took part in a Thursday evening Disaster Services Overview class at the Red Cross in Grand Rapids. They were all eager to get started in order to give back.
Teams were given disaster scenarios and the chance to analyze the physical, emotional and informational needs for victims. The goal was to help bring some sort of sense of organization and stability to a chaotic situation.
But there's more to training than people realize.
As the news came out about an elementary school taking a direct hit from that tornado, hearts broke with the realization children were most likely among the victims.
Cathy Cochell, a Disaster Services instructor, said those thinking about volunteering have to ask themselves a tough question: Can you handle what you may see?
In response to the high number of people interested in volunteering in light of the ok tornado, the Red Cross has added another DSO class for next Thursday.
24 Hour News 8's Susan Shaw spoke with Cochell and Cheryl Bremer, CEO of the Red Cross of West Michigan, about what you can do to help. Watch those interviews above.
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