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"Most of the people we’ve rescued have been in shock. One minute it’s raining heavily, then the next their home is filling with water and they’re being evacuated by the Red Cross", one emergency worker, Ian Rideout, explained on his blog.

Volunteers have been on the ground and at the centre of the action and many people have offered up their skills and time to help.  But not only is good emergency planning essential, you also need to plan to be an emergency volunteer.  

So just like you need to buy your candles and rations in advance, you also need to be trained in advance.  The Red Cross is always looking for extra help - sign up here to be an  emergency response volunteer.