Once you complete a volunteer application, you will be contacted by a Regional Health Professional Deployment Coach within one week. These coaches are all current Red Cross Disaster Health Services or Disaster Mental Health volunteers. Your coach will go over more details about the disaster operation and the work you will likely be doing so that you can decide if this is the right opportunity for you to pursue at this time. At any stage, there is no pressure to continue with the process if you do not feel confident that this is the right opportunity for you.
If you decide to proceed with this opportunity, your coach will send you a follow-up email outlining your next steps. These include entering your dates of availability in the Volunteer Connection system and completing multiple required online trainings (totaling 4-5 hours). Your Deployment Coach will be available to support you if you encounter any issues along the way or if you have specific questions about deployment.
When your upcoming availability matches a staff request from the disaster operation, you will be contacted, asked to complete a short health questionnaire, informed of any additional deployment steps and assigned to the disaster operation. Once you are assigned, you are expected to book your travel right away and begin your travel within 24 hours of being assigned. Again, your Deployment Coach will be available to support you and answer any questions along the way.