"I'm from Cleveland, I just blew it off, as a little wind, a little rain, and I underestimated a hurricane by a long shot".
Volunteers also must be willing to work day or night shifts for 12 to 14 hours, be in good health and able to lift at least 25 pounds.
According to White, now the storm in Florida is still raging and while it was downgraded to a tropical storm, many are still stranded in The Keys and hundreds of thousands of people have evacuated their homes. "And once again, when needed the most, they are stepping up to help in a major way", said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Tauscheck says many volunteers are in their 50s and 60s, and some are retired.
"People are so generous in times like this". "So it's important for them to be flexible and I think they have that spirit as they can be asked to do various things to support the disaster operations there in the community".
"We need volunteers", said Red Cross Director, Jennifer Sanders.
"My number one and only goal is to make it better for somebody", she said. Perry Sook said. "In times of disaster and tragedy, Nexstar stations and news personnel take the lead in delivering accurate, timely, and sometimes life-saving information to keep our local viewers safe and informed".
"These are people who don't get paid anything". I have been there.
She said there's many people who want to go down and help, but she wants them to do it right.
"I do not get paid for what I do".
The latest numbers from Hurricane Irma has over 208,000 people seeking help in almost 700 shelters in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and even here in Memphis.