Are you looking for a way to get involved with the Red Cross while at home? Are you interested in helping kids prepare for disasters like earthquakes and home fires? Join us to learn about our disaster preparedness presentations to educate children and adults about how to stay safe during disasters!
The impact of a disaster can be devastating and the American Red Cross is there to help respond. But did you know it’s also part of our mission to help people prepare? As a Preparedness Volunteer you can help educate individuals, families, and communities on actions to reduce the risk of a disaster and prepare to respond effectively and cope with disasters when they happen.
Our training provides age-appropriate information, so as a presenter you can choose whether to work with youth and/or adults by learning how to virtually present the following life-saving information:
Be Red Cross Ready: Build confidence and learn simple steps you can take now to help prepare and protect your family. Learn the essentials of disaster preparedness: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed. Each presentation is tailored to the types of disasters relevant to the local area (ex: home fire, wildfire, earthquake) and can be adjusted based on length and audience
The Pillowcase Project: Help kids age 8-11 (grade 3-5) prepare for emergencies. Students will learn earthquake and home fire preparedness and safety skills, as well as how to stay calm during stressful situations. Red Cross presenters use a 'Learn, Practice, Share’ framework to encourage students to help prepare their family and community for emergencies after the presentation.
Prepare with Pedro: This new program for kids age 5-7 (K-2nd grade) uses the story of Pedro the Penguin to teach students how to prepare for and take action during emergencies such as home fires and wildfires.
Responsibilities Can Include:
Community outreach to find organizations, schools, or businesses who are interested in have a presentation for their members
Helping to refine and edit training materials
Plan for preparedness events through participation in meetings, projects, and local preparedness activities
Ability to relate effectively with diverse groups and individuals;
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills;
Demonstrated ability to read, understand, and review program guidelines and tools
Ready to Make a Difference? Here's How to Get Started!
Go to redcross.org/volunteer to complete our online application. It takes less than 10 minutes!
A member of our team will get in touch. Taking the time for a personal conversation enables us to match you with a role that will be both meaningful and enjoyable.
We’ll provide all necessary training to ensure you can be successful in your volunteer role.
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