CHILLICOTHE—The American Red Cross is urgently recruiting volunteers to be ready to carry out our lifesaving mission when disaster strikes.
There is a specific need for volunteers willing to deploy to a hurricane response during the Coronavirus atmosphere, said Stephanie Byrd, CEO for the Central and Southern Ohio Region.
“When images of hurricane destruction appear on the news, we receive many requests from people who want to volunteer,” said Byrd. “Our volunteers receive high-level training to enable them to be of greatest help to people in need. Anyone who wants to volunteer should sign up now so they can be trained and be ready to go when a disaster strikes.”
“The need for volunteers is constant and continues to increase as we navigate the Coronavirus health crisis,” said a news release from the organization. “As we head deeper into hurricane and wildfire season, The Red Cross goal is to ensure we have a volunteer workforce, not only trained to provide comfort and support to those affected by disaster, but who can do so by following new protocols to help keep everyone safe in this situation.”
Anyone interesting in helping to meet the essential service needs of the public during a disaster should review the CDC guidance for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, consult your health care 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 the people they serve.
SHELTER HELP NEEDED
There is a special need for volunteers to support sheltering efforts. Because of COVID-19, the Red Cross is placing those needing a safe place to stay in hotel lodging when possible. If hotel stays aren’t possible, then the Red Cross will open traditional shelters.
To help keep people safe, the Red Cross have put in place additional precautions and developed special training for our workforce. The Red Cross need volunteers to help staff shelter reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection and other vital tasks to help those we serve.
The Red Cross has both associate and supervisory level opportunities available.
HEALTH SERVICES SUPPORT NEEDED
If you are an RN, LPN, LVN, APRN, NP, EMT, paramedic, MD/DO or PA with an active, current and unencumbered license, the Red Cross needs your support.
Volunteers are needed in shelters to help assess people’s health. Daily observation and health screening for COVID-19-like illness among shelter residents may also be required.
RNs supervise all clinical tasks. Roles are also available for Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Home Health Aides, student nurses and medical students. The organization needs volunteers 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 interested in helping should a disaster occur, please go to redcross.org/volunteertoday. The Red Cross is looking for a commitment of at least a 14-day block between today and December 1.