Are You a Health Care Professional? Volunteer for the Upcoming Wildfire Season (King County)
American Red Cross / Northwest Region
Are you a licensed health care professional? Get prepared now to help people in disaster shelters.
Due to predictions for an active hurricane and wildfire season and the complexities of COVID-19, the Red Cross will need thousands of volunteers to care for people when disasters strike.
What is this role?
As a healthcare professional, you know the importance of quality care. During times of disaster, affected families in our shelters need access to basic healthcare. This is only possible through volunteers like you. Train now, obtain continuing education unit (CEU) Credits AND bring quality care to those that need it the most.
We need volunteers who can work in emergency shelters to help assess people’s health and provide hands-on care in alignment with their professional licensure. We also need 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. Daily observation and health screening for COVID-19-like illness among shelter residents may also be required.
We have both associate and supervisory level opportunities available.
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.
- Have an active license in one of the following: Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic, Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Physician Assistant (PA), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
- Ability to complete online training - 6 hours
- Attend 1 shelter team update virtual meeting per month
- Flexible availability (preferably during Wildfire season June-November)
- Minimum one-week period during a disaster response
About American Red Cross / Northwest Region
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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.
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.