National Capital Region at Presidential Inauguration

We are one of seven selected organizations providing a service opportunity during the inaugural committee’s National Day of Service.

The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region has prepared several hundred workers from all Red Cross chapters in the region – assigned to work on the National Mall area during Inauguration Day, Monday, January 21, 2013.

In addition, we are one of seven selected organizations providing a service opportunity during the inaugural committee’s National Day of Service (service summit) on the mall between 12th and 14th Streets from 9 until 5 on Saturday, January 19th.

During the Inaugural more than 200 trained Red Cross volunteers will be on-hand on the National Mall and placed throughout the Washington, D.C. area, providing assistance to local, state and federal authorities who are planning and coordinating the inaugural events.

The Red Cross is deploying more than 20 two-person Red Cross Community Outreach "Go Teams" to provide public safety assistance throughout the National Mall area. Go

Teams are trained in CPR and First Aid, and will communicate with first responders regarding assistance needed for those who may fall ill, become injured, people who are negatively impacted by the cold temperature, and assist in locating aid stations.

Visitors planning to attend the Inauguration can download the official Inauguration app, which includes maps (along with toilet and transport locations) and other relevant details for Apple iOS

and Android

In addition, visitors can also download the free Red Cross First Aid and Shelter Apps

At the Day of Service we will provide an opportunity for visitors to participate in a demonstration of CPR with an AED; follow up with hands-on efforts at the manikins, and learn about blood services and programs and services delivered by the region. We will focus on sharing information about how folks can volunteer in our region and back at their homes. All of this activity will be led and delivered by volunteers.