Forecasting a busy disaster season; Volunteers wanted

As we head into what experts say will be very busy wildfire and hurricane seasons, the American Red Cross is preparing to respond to these potential disasters. Part of this preparation is to increase our volunteer capacity to be able to help when and where we need it.

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-related disasters threatens lives almost constantly, the Red Cross needs more volunteers to respond to these emergencies.

Volunteers make up about 90% of Red Cross staff. 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.

Here are our most needed disaster volunteer positions:

  • SHELTER SUPPORT: Help a shelter during a major disaster by welcoming residents, serving meals, setting up beds, distributing blankets and personal hygiene kits, and providing information and other forms of assistance to people in need.
  • HEALTH SERVICES: Use your professional skills as a licensed healthcare provider to provide practical support, including care and education, to people staying in a shelter during a major disaster. Qualified licenses include RN, LPN, LVN, EMT, Paramedic, MD, DO, PA, NP, and APRN.
  • DISASTER RESPONSE TEAM: While large hurricanes get the most media coverage, smaller disasters such as house fires are no less devastating to those affected. Join your local Disaster Action Team to help families in need by providing food, shelter, comfort, recovery assistance and other support.

BLOOD SERVICES VOLUNTEERS ALSO NEEDED The Red Cross also needs volunteers to support blood drives to meet the continued need for blood products and platelets. Blood Donor Ambassadors play an important role by welcoming, checking in, answering questions and providing information to blood donors throughout the donation process. Blood transport specialists provide an essential link between blood donors and blood recipients by delivering blood to hospitals in our communities.

The need to help in disasters has never been greater. Join us in bringing relief and hope when it matters most. Visit redcross.org to register now.

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