Becoming a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Lead or Team Member

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Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteers

Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteer teams are active throughout the United States, meeting the emotional and psychosocial needs of disaster survivors and fellow Red Cross disaster workers. These teams respond to disasters of all sizes, from single family home fires to large-scale events.

If you are interested in joining a Disaster Mental Health team in your community, register to volunteer now, before a disaster occurs. This will give you time to take required courses and become acquainted with the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health program.

Becoming a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team Member

What does a Disaster Mental Health team do?

  • Respond to the immediate emotional distress and psychosocial needs of disaster survivors and Red Cross disaster responders.
  • Supplement local mental health resources during times of disaster.
  • Support the community in building resilience.

How do Disaster Mental Health interventions differ from most mental health interventions?

Disaster Mental Health interventions are short-term and can range from as little as five minutes of support to a much longer period. Client engagement will occur once or twice, but generally no more than three times. The most effective contact will often involve psychological first aid, problem solving, facilitating the use of good coping skills, psychoeducation and task-centered activities to address basic needs and reduce stress.

After I’m trained how can I help?

  • Become a Disaster Action Team member (respond to local home fires)
  • Provide Disaster Mental Health support to disaster survivors in your community
  • Prepare Red Cross disaster relief workers for out-of-state assignments, support their families while they’re gone and provide post-deployment support to workers returning from national assignments.
  • Become a Red Cross Disaster Instructor
  • Participate in community preparedness activities such as the Home Fire Campaign
  • Build and strengthen local community partnerships
  • If interested, be available for national deployments

Who is eligible to become a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteer?

Current Psychiatric Nurses with:

  • A current, unencumbered state license as a registered nurse
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working in a psychiatric setting

Mental Health Professionals with:

  • A Master’s Degree AND
  • A Current, Unencumbered License or Certification in any US State or Territory as a:
    • Social worker
    • Psychologist
    • Professional counselor
    • Marriage and family therapist
    • Psychiatrist
    • School psychologist
    • School counselor

Recently retired mental health professionals or psychiatric nurses (within the last 5 years)

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About American Red Cross - Nebraska Iowa Region


2912 S 80th Ave, Omaha, NE 68124, US

Mission Statement

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.‚Äč Vision Statement The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that... ...all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope; ...our communities are ready and prepared for disasters; ...everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products; ...all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.


Since our founding by Clara Barton on May 21, 1881, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to serving people in need. We received our first congressional charter in 1900 and to this day we are tasked by the federal government with providing services to members of the American armed forces and their families as well as providing disaster relief in the United States and around the world.

Today, as throughout our long history, the Red Cross depends on generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs.

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2912 S 80th AveOmaha, NE 68124



  • Mental Health
  • Disaster Response
  • Case Work / Management
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Healthcare


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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