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Red Cross seeks volunteers for nationwide deployment

The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers in anticipation of what experts are predicting will be a busy hurricane and wildfire season.

Volunteers are needed to deploy across the nation. Deployments are for 14 days, during which the volunteers work 8 to 12-hour shifts. Each volunteer is required to undergo three hours of virtual training (six for supervisors) prior to deployment. A health screening also will be conducted.

Interested volunteers are asked to review the CDC guidance for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, and consult their health care provider to determine if they should deploy.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of volunteers currently available to deploy is greatly reduced, so we are asking individuals who are healthy and available to consider joining the American Red Cross as a temporary disaster volunteer now,” said Mary Jane Thomsen, Greater St. Louis executive director.  “If it’s something you have been thinking about doing, you are needed now more than ever.”

General ability volunteers will primarily support sheltering efforts by assisting with activities related to reception, registration, feeding, dormitory and information collection as well as other vital tasks. Both associate and supervisory level opportunities are available.

Volunteers with health care backgrounds also are needed in shelters to help assess individuals’ health and provide hands-on care in alignment with professional licensures (RN, LPN, LVN, APRN, NP, EMT, paramedic, MD/DO or PA). Specifically, volunteers are needed who can provide care as delegated by a licensed nurse in shelters; this could include assisting with activities of daily living, personal assistance services, providing health education and helping to replace medications, durable medical equipment or consumable medical supplies.

“If you are available to support various shelter operation staffing needs or are a healthcare worker who can deploy to areas affected by hurricanes and wildfires this summer, the Red Cross needs you to volunteer now,” said Thomsen. “Additional training, COVID-19 safety protocols and health measures will be in place for safety. Our number one priority for the Red Cross is the health and safety of our employees, volunteers and the people we serve.”

To volunteer, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday or contact Kristin Pendleton at (314) 281-7968 or via email at Kristin.pendleton@redcross.org.

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