As we head into what experts say will be very busy wildfire and hurricane seasons, the American Red Cross is getting ready to respond to these potential disasters. Part of that preparation is growing our volunteer capacity to be able to help when and where needed.
The relentless pace of severe disasters has created additional and ongoing emergency needs, especially for families who have been displaced year after year by extreme weather events. As the growing number of climate disasters threatens lives on a near-constant basis, the Red Cross needs more volunteers to respond to these emergencies.
Volunteers make up about 90% of the Red Cross workforce. They are the heart of the organization, answering the call to help and care for others and give hope to those who need it most.
These are our most-needed disaster volunteer positions:
- SHELTER SUPPORT: Help at a shelter during a large disaster by welcoming residents, serving meals, setting up cots, distributing blankets and personal hygiene kits, and providing information and other assistance to people in need.
- HEALTH SERVICES: Use your professional skills as a licensed health care provider to deliver hands-on support, including care and education to people staying at a shelter during a large disaster. Qualified licenses include RN, LPN, LVN, EMT, Paramedic, MD, DO, PA, NP and APRN.
- DISASTER ACTION TEAM: While big hurricanes get the most news coverage, smaller disasters such as home fires are no less devastating to those affected. Join your local Disaster Action Team to help families in need by providing food, lodging, comfort, recovery assistance and other support.
BLOOD SERVICES VOLUNTEERS ALSO NEEDED The Red Cross also needs volunteers to support blood collections to help fulfill the ongoing need for blood products and platelets. Blood donor ambassadors play an important role by greeting, registering, answering questions and providing information to blood donors throughout the donation process. Blood transportation specialists provide a critical link between blood donors and blood recipients by delivering blood to hospitals in our communities.
The need to help during disasters has never been greater. Join us to provide relief and hope when it matters most. Visit redcross.org to sign up now.