Disasters don't stop during a pandemic. Every day, the American Red Cross assists people who face disasters. Disaster response team members support disaster relief operations to provide care, comfort, and hope to communities impacted by a devastating event such as a wildfire, tornado, hurricane, or flood. Activities to support evacuees at a shelter or hotel may include reception, registration, emotional support, feeding, dormitory, or information.
Why is the role important?
Our response teams are there to provide care and comfort to our communities that are displaced and impacted during disasters. We continue to have a record-breaking season for natural disasters that have caused the American Red Cross to provide more nights of emergency shelter than ever before in recorded history. Natural disasters can strike at any moment, so train now to be ready to respond when your community needs you most.
We have significantly 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.
* 18+ years old * Self-paced online training provided by the American Red Cross * Comfortable and competent at working with diverse populations * Flexible, team player, comfort with computers, willingness to respond, ability to be on-call, passion for volunteering and serving humanity in times of need
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.
Types of volunteer opportunities may include:
Boots on the Ground -- Your role could be to respond to home fires and other emergencies in your community, conduct in-home smoke alarm installations, 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.
Working behind the Scenes positions include Keep the Red Cross Running -- Your role could be administrative/office support, scheduling shifts for your fellow volunteers, or logistics management to ensure disaster relief operations have the necessary supplies and equipment.
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 support local Red Cross services by joining an advisory board or the Board of Directors.
Tell the Red Cross Story -- Communications & Outreach volunteers educate the public about Red Cross services and stories in your community. By getting our message out, you'll educate people in need about how we can help, while attracting volunteers and donors to the mission.
You can make a difference today at by becoming a volunteer at redcross.org/volunteer
Emergency & Safety
We'll work with your schedule.
225 Prado RdSuite ASan Luis Obispo, CA93401
January 19, 2021
Disaster Relief Care & Shelters
Safety & Disaster Education
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
Flexible and varies. Suggested minimum of 5 consecutive or non-consecutive days working 4-, 6- or 12-hour shifts during a two-week period during a disaster
Flexible, team player, comfort with computers, willingness to respond, ability to be on-call, passion for volunteering and serving humanity in times of need