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Red Cross: Wildfire Shelter Response Team Members Urgently Needed

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American Red Cross - Central California

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What is this role?

Every day, the American Red Cross assists people who face disasters. Shelter response team members support local response activities to provide care and comfort to communities impacted by a natural disaster. Activities within a shelter may include working in reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information, or other areas within a shelter.

Why is the role important?

Our wildfire shelter response teams are there to provide care and comfort to our communities while displaced during disasters. As wildfire season approaches, we have altered our response methods to abide by the guidelines established by our local public health departments and the CDC to best protect the safety of our clients, volunteers and staff during COVID-19. Natural disasters can strike at any moment, and we are working to prepare our communities in case that happens.

Requirements:

18+ years old

Online training - 6 hours

Attend 1 shelter team update virtual meeting per month

Flexible availability (preferably during Wildfire season June-November)

Maintain continuing education requirements

Minimum of 5 days working 4-, 6- or 12-hour shifts during a two-week period during a disaster

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About American Red Cross - Central California

Location:

1300 W Shaw Suite 4B, Fresno, CA 93711, US

Mission Statement

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The American Red Cross Central California Region serves over 4.2 million residents throughout 11 counties: Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura.

Description

Boots on the Ground -- Your role could be to respond to home fires and other emergencies in your community, conduct in-home smoke alarm installation and fire safety education visits, or working in a wildfire shelter providing safe accommodations.

Instructor/Presenter positions to deliver education programs focused on preparedness, disasters and how to "Be Red Cross Ready" to adults and youth.

Client Facing Help Our Clients - Your role could be working with a family after a home fire, helping people locate loved ones after a war or natural disaster, or assisting military families with emergency communications and other services. This work can be emotionally draining but also deeply satisfying as you provide aid and comfort in someone’s time of need.

Lead the Way - "Leadership" volunteers guide our efforts, inspire our volunteers and hold us accountable to the highest standards. Your role could be to lead a small team of fellow volunteers, act as an advisor to a Red Cross Club for youth, or joining our Board of Directors.

Tell the Red Cross Story - Communications & Outreach volunteers educate the public about Red Cross services and stories in your community. Your role could be to represent the Red Cross at community events, work with your local media, or tell Red Cross stories through marketing, social media, or photography.

Crisis Support
Disaster Relief
Emergency & Safety

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

40343 Highway 41Oakhurst, CA 93644

(37.33319,-119.64924)
 

SKILLS

  • Disaster Relief Care & Shelters
  • Safety & Disaster Education
  • Warehousing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Disaster Response
  • People Skills

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6 hours of online training depending on volunteer role
  • Flexible, team player, comfort with computers, willingness to respond, ability to be on-call, passion for volunteering and serving humanity in times of need

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