Hurricane Chris popped up of the coast of North Carolina this week, and though it eventually went out to sea and weakened, it served as a reminder that a large part of the hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30, remains.

With that in mind, the Red Cross is looking for volunteers willing to offer assistance should a hurricane strike Eastern North Carolina.

James Jarvis, executive director of the Red Cross’s Cape Fear Area Chapter (which includes Craven, Jones, Pamlico and Lenoir counties) said the Red Cross is planning boot camps so volunteers can help handle emergencies that my come up from storms.

“You can make sure that your family’s prepared,” he said, “and you can also train to be a help in your community.”

Jarvis added that, while the Red Cross works to be prepared for emergencies throughout the year, “but as hurricane season ramps up it’s important to be sure that we’ve got our ducks in a row.”

Lining up those ducks includes making sure emergency supplies in the warehouses are ready to hand out, among other things. Volunteers did just that earlier this week in New Bern.

“The main things that we do is making sure we have our feeding agreements updated and in place, and our shelter agreements in place, and that our shelter cots are ready,” Jarvis said.

The agency stays in touch with the National Weather Service and area EMS directors to be ready to respond to trouble spots. Emergency centers need to be planned that are not directly in the heavily-affected areas — in flood zones, for instance — but are near enough that supplies can be quickly sent.

The Red Cross prepares shelters for people to ride out storms as well as providing shelters after the fact for families that have lost or damaged homes, or are waiting for flooding and road conditions to clear so they can get back to them.

The Red Cross also provides clean-up kits and food to stricken areas.

“We do a lot of training,” Jarvis said. “We’re 94 percent volunteers.”

Volunteers are needed in various areas but must receive training. In shelter training, for instance, volunteers not only need to know how to take care of refugees but must be able to perform psychological first aid, such as judging and dealing with a person’s stress levels.

The Red Cross advises that, volunteering or not, families need to prepare for possible hurricanes with the following:

• an emergency kit including a gallon of water per person, per day, non perishable food, a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact information.

• an evacuation plan that includes a place to meet if separated.

• knowledge of where local shelters will be and the taking of a first aid and CPR/AED course.

• Download the Red Cross emergency app at redcross.org/apps.

Those interested in volunteering with Red Cross can apply through www.redcross.org/volunteer.

Predictions of a lighter storm year don’t matter to Jarvis.

“You shouldn’t put too much stock in whether they call for a more active or a less active season,” he said. “You only need one storm. Hurricane Matthew wasn’t supposed to impact North Carolina, but it came up and parked off the coast and caused widespread devastation. We have to be ready for whatever Mother Nature’s going to bring to us.”