Quad-City volunteers and energy crews are volunteering to assist with recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey.

The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region is recruiting volunteers, and will provide “Just in Time” fast-track training for those interested in deploying to help.

In the Quad-City area, a training session will be offered 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Red Cross office, 1100 River Drive, Moline.

Participants will be eligible to deploy after they successfully complete the training and pass a background check.

The training session is free, but registration is requested. To register, contact Laura.Streid@redcross.org or call 309-662-0500 ext. 7428. Specify the Moline training location.

In the meantime, according to the Alliant Energy Facebook page, trucks will hit the road Tuesday to assist in the massive effort to restore power across Florida.

About 200 crew members from Iowa and Wisconsin have volunteered to spend the next two weeks helping with the restoration efforts. This group includes line workers, safety staff, vehicle mechanics, support staff and managers.

The Alliant teams will join more than 18,000 utility crews from across 30 states and Canada working to restore power to more than 6 million people.

The last time Alliant crews were needed in other parts of the country was 2012, when Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast.

According to Alliant, customers do not pay for the costs of this mutual assistance – rather, costs are borne by the utilities that request help.

--Linda Cook


Film critic/reporter since 1985 at Quad-City Times. Broadcast Film Critics Association member. College instructor for criminal justice, English and math. Serves on Safer Foundation and The Salvation Army advisory boards. Member of St. Mark Lutheran Church