Help your community by responding to the scene of disasters with the Red Cross.Help your community by responding to the scene of disasters with the Red Cross.
Our need for volunteers is constant and continues to evolve as we navigate this Coronavirus health crisis. If you are interested in serving to meet essential service needs in the public, review the CDC guidance for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, consult your healthcare provider, and follow local guidance. The number one priority of the American Red Cross is the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, blood donors and recipients, and clients.
Join us to answer the call when your neighbors need help
Most of the 60,000 emergencies that the Red Cross responds to each year are local, personal disasters like home fires. They may not make the news, but we know they are just as devastating to the families affected. Trained and available, Disaster Action Team volunteers are ready to respond to these emergencies, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. From offering a shoulder to cry on, to meeting any immediate needs for shelter or supplies, to connecting people with long term recovery services, our volunteers ensure that families don’t have to face tough times alone.
Many disaster action team volunteers share these life experiences and skills:
Availability and flexibility for at least 4-6 hours per week
Comfortable with ambiguity
Empathetic and compassionate
Disaster response experience
Can remain calm and patient during stressful situations
Disaster Action Team volunteers help local families cope with emergencies.
Home fires and other disasters can occur any time, any place. As a Disaster Action Team volunteer, you’ll provide emotional support, financial assistance, and information to help families begin the process of recovery. After your initial training, your shifts will include responding to emergencies within 2 hours, night or day, rain or shine, either on the scene or coordinating remotely to provide immediate compassion and care. With experience and further training you can take on leadership and response coordination roles to have a wider impact. At the same time, you’ll be developing skills that you may choose to apply to larger-scale disaster response efforts with the Red Cross.
It is humbling to wrap a blanket around someone who has just lost their home to a fire. In that moment YOU are safety and comfort and hope. You provide the first step to their becoming whole again by making sure they have somewhere to go and food to eat. The inconvenience of getting out of bed or changing your plans to respond quickly fades when you realize that your assistance means this family will not be homeless tonight.