Since March 2020, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. We took and continue to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of our volunteers, employees and all those who receive Red Cross services.
To date, all in-person events and meetings, service delivery and work has been transitioned to the virtual space. However, the few instances of in-person events, such as blood drives and office space, will adhere to all safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Red Cross is also working to ensure we can continue to carry out our lifesaving mission, including providing critical disaster relief services. We are working with public health officials to put plans in place to keep local communities and our workforce safe, while still providing emergency shelter and comfort after disasters of all sizes.
The American Red Cross does not provide COVID-19 tests. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your doctor or healthcare professional.
Attention Volunteers! Please Report Your COVID-19 VACCINATION STATUS.
Recording your vaccination status is easy! Simply logon to Volunteer Connection and access the report screen directly under the “MY NHQ>COVID-19 Information” tab. We're only asking that you answer "yes" or "no" to being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Personal vaccination information will be treated as confidential and will be used by Volunteer Services and business unit managers. If you do not provide your COVID-19 vaccination status, we’ll assume that you have not been vaccinated.
The more we know about the vaccination status of our staff, the better we adapt our processes to follow the most up-to-date CDC guidelines.
To help address any questions you may have, please review the COVID-19 Information page on Volunteer Connection - you can find this under the “My NHQ” tab. If you have other questions, please feel free to reach out to your supervisor or your Regional Volunteer Services team for support at VolunteerServices.LosAngeles.CA@redcross.org
On July 17, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region implemented an update to our COVID-19 Workplace & Vehicles Policy. The new policy was synchronized and aligned with the latest guidance and direction from national Red Cross leadership and the recent LA County Department of Public Health (DPH) announcement that masks will be required indoors regardless of vaccination status.
This is a minor change because our Humanitarian Services facilities have maintained a mask requirement. The only change is that this requirement will now also apply to Biomed buildings. To ensure the safety of our staff and the blood donor community, face coverings are now required for everyone at ALL Red Cross blood drives or donation centers in the region.
Your feedback is important to us as we work to ensure your health and safety and develop policies and procedures to support our careful transition to a post-pandemic operating environment. Please share your questions, concerns and ideas using our online comment box: https://ansr.me/LARegionCOVID.
Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we continue working to ensure your health and safety while you deliver the Red Cross' important humanitarian mission.
In addition to following guidance from local authorities and working to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are asking healthy members of the community to help us meet two urgent needs and support the continuing work of the Red Cross here in Los Angeles County.
The Red Cross has been working with local partners to help address food insecurity, educate about the use of PPE and encourage residents to get a vaccination. Hundreds of volunteers are still needed to help with all of these program as well as respond to the terrible wildfires tearing through the Pacific states. Please volunteer to help us help the community.
There is no known end date in this fight against COVID-19, and the Red Cross urgently needs the help of blood and platelet donors and blood drive hosts to meet the needs of patient care. Please schedule your next donation appointment now to help prevent another blood shortage.
Donations will help to ensure the Red Cross maintains a sufficient supply of blood to help patients in need and prevent any shortages as well as continue to provide critical relief services to people affected by disasters big and small.
These online tools are available in English and in Spanish to help you and your family cope with the challenges of the pandemic.
If you’ve lost someone you love to COVID-19, our hearts are with you. We understand that with this loss comes many needs, including emotional support and other services. We’ve created this Virtual Family Assistance Center for anyone in the U.S. dealing with COVID-19 to get the help and support they need
We know this is a stressful time and people want to know what they can do right now to protect themselves and their families. We’ve highlighted some everyday steps you can take now to help you cope with stress and support others during this emergency.
As we continue to change and adapt to the new flow of the world, the Red Cross has taken many of its programming online because preparing for disaster cannot stop. Local instructors are available to provide remote training in emergency preparedness and volunteer management.
Every Tuesday and Thursday (y los miércoles en español), the Red Cross Los Angeles Region is offering free preparedness education classes designed to help you understand, prepare for and respond appropriately to disasters big and small.
Red Cross LA events and large volunteer meetings have been postponed and/or moved to a virtual format. As the situation continues to evolve, the Red Cross has taken many measures to ensure the safety of our volunteers and employees and will adjust as necessary.