Volunteer Before an Event

American Red Cross
Volunteers constitute about 90 percent of the American Red Cross workforce. Volunteers make it possible to respond to an average of more than 60,000 disasters every year, most of them home and apartment fires.  If you are interested in volunteering with the American Red Cross and supporting your community during a disaster but, you aren't quite sure what you would like to do or what would be a good fit? You can use the American Red Cross Volunteer Role Finder: https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/volunteer-role-finder.html

A few examples of Volunteer Roles:

Volunteer Management
Assist with volunteer recruitment, placement, record keeping and recognition.

Disaster Services
Provide food, shelter, comfort and care for families affected by major disasters such as fire, hurricanes and tornadoes.

Disaster Action Team
Volunteers need to respond to single-family fires with a disaster action team supervisor.Every day people are forced from their homes due to fires, storms and other disasters. Single- and multi-family fires account for 90% of disaster responses. You can be part of a team that helps and responds to over 60,000 emergencies every year. From offering a caring and compassionate ear, to meeting the disaster-caused needs of individuals and households, such as lodging and clothing, and connecting them with long term recovery services, our volunteers ensure that families don’t have to face tough times alone. 

Learn more about volunteering with a Disaster Action Team

Disaster Preparedness Presenter
Educate individuals and groups on how to be prepared before a disaster occurs

Public Affairs
During disasters, tell the Red Cross story to your community.

Blood Transportation Specialist

As a  volunteer, you will be the critical link between blood donors and blood recipients by delivering blood, platelets or other blood products to a hospital.

Blood Donor Ambassador 
You will engage donors by greeting, registering, answering questions, providing information, and supporting them through the recovery process at the refreshments table. The special attention you would provide helps create a favorable impression that encourages ongoing donor support.

Can’t volunteer right now?
The American Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood and platelet donations amidst coronavirus uncertainties. You can make an appointment to give blood or platelets at RedCrossBlood.org.  

the medical reserve corps (mrc)
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of more than 200,000 volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. MRC volunteers step up to keep their family, friends, and neighbors safe and healthy. You do NOT need to be a medical professional or healthcare worker to volunteer with the MRC.

The need for the MRC became apparent after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when medical and public health professionals, eager to volunteer in support of emergency relief activities, found that there was no organized approach to channel their efforts. As a result, the MRC was established to provide a way to recruit, train, and activate medical and public health professionals and other volunteers to respond to community health needs during disasters and other public health emergencies. Want more information on the MRC? visit: https://aspr.hhs.gov/MRC/Pages/index.aspx 
or contact:MRC

MRC Activities
Examples of activities that MRC volunteers participate in and support include the following:
  • Emergency preparedness and response trainings and exercises
  • Community vaccination clinics
  • Disaster clean-up and recovery support
  • Emergency shelter operations and medical care
  • Veterinary care
  • First aid and medical support during large public gatherings
  • Disaster medical and behavioral health support
  • Support services to disaster call centers, family assistance centers, and reception/evacuation centers
  • Community education and outreach
  • Medical facility surge support
  • Emergency operations center and communications support
  • Emergency preparedness and response planning, logistical, and administrative support
  • Mass dispensing efforts (e.g., medication, water, other supplies)
  • Patient movement support
  • And more...
  • Disease testing and surveillance
  • Search and rescue operations

Do you love animals?
There are amazing opportunities to volunteer in an animal emergency response capacity. These positions are located within our Regional Disaster Animal Response Team (DART), with local agricultural societies, American Veterinary Medical Association and many other agencies. 
 The information for these organizations can be found through the American Red Cross,  and always by contacting us here at the ACEMA.