Disaster Services Member - Livingston County

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American Red Cross: Michigan Region

Disaster Response

Fulfill the mission of the American Red Cross by helping your community and the country prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters large and small. Disaster workers have the opportunity to serve in many capacities with a range of time commitments. As a Disaster worker you can turn your compassion into action, leverage your unique skills and abilities, and serve your community as part of a dynamic and dedicated team.

Key Responsibilities

Prepare, Respond, Recover

Preparedness:

Home Fire Campaign Volunteer:

  • Working with your local fire department and your community to educate and install free smoke alarms
  • Test current smoke alarms
  • Install up to three smoke alarms per home.
  • We offer free training.
  • We offer tools necessary to do the job.
  • Our goal is to reduce fatalities by 25%
  • Being part of the bigger picture of giving back to your community
Pillowcase Project Volunteer:
  • Present preparedness education material to grade school children in a school setting.

Response:

We help people affected by disasters ranging from home fires to hurricanes by providing food, shelter, clothing, comfort and hope. Each year, volunteers respond to approx. 2,300 local disaster across the state of Michigan.

  • Disaster Action Team Member (Disaster Services Member):
    • DAT Members work on a scheduled, on-call basis and respond to disasters in their local community/geographical area
    • Day and overnight shifts available 24/7 - 365 days a year
    • Shifts are scheduled in advance (by the responder). Responders are expected to answer emergency calls and respond while on-duty
    • Work with clients to begin the recovery casework process
    • Length of shift will vary by geographical area

Recovery:

  • Recovery Caseworker (Disaster Services Member):
    • To assist clients in bridging the gap between what they can accomplish on their own and what is necessary to allow them to move through the recovery process
    • Usually completed during daytime, weekday business hours (may differ by geographical area)

Qualifications

Disaster workers are expected to:

  • Be passionate about their communities
  • Serve with honesty and integrity
  • Follow the fundamental principles of the Red Cross
  • Be flexible and willing to help those in need

Time Commitment

Disaster workers have a broad option of time commitments ranging from a few hours a month to several hours every day.

Development Opportunities

Disaster workers not only learn how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters by the Nation's leader in Disaster relief, but they also develop:

  • Leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Time management and professionalism
  • Decision-making skills
  • Many technical skills ranging from mass care, logistics, technology, public relations, human resources, and planning.

Length of Appointment

Most opportunities within Disaster Services request at least a year commitment to service. However, we accommodate whatever time you are willing to commit.

Relationships

Disaster workers serve alongside many Public and Private partners including First Responders, Social Service agencies and Community agencies.

Training

Training required are based upon a specific area of interest.

All Disaster workers complete at least one course entitled "Disaster Services: An Overview" which is available online and in-person.

All training is provided free of charge and in a variety of formats.

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About American Red Cross: Michigan Region

Location:

7800 Outer Drive West, Suite 205, Detroit, MI 48235, 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.

Description

Every single day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies. Whether itメs one displaced family, thousands of disaster victims, or providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran or support to a military family member, our vital work is made possible by people like you. It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.

Disaster Relief
Emergency & Safety

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1372 Grand River AveHowell, MI 48843

(42.61307,-83.95237)
 

SKILLS

  • Safety & Disaster Education
  • Disaster Response
  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • Most opportunities within Disaster Services request at least a year commitment to service. However, we accommodate whatever time you are willing to commit.

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