Local Red Cross Invites Community to Become Disaster Volunteers

Get Trained to Help Locally and Nationally When Disaster Strikes

The images and stories of Hurricane Sandy have compelled many in our communities to want to help.  Every year, the American Red Cross trains thousands of people and equips them with the knowledge and tools necessary to provide meaningful assistance in a coordinated response effort.  As of today, nearly 30 individuals have traveled to the east coast to assist with the human needs of those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

The Red Cross will be sending more volunteers in the near future and would like to encourage anyone interested to contact the local chapter at 269.353.6180.  Individuals who have a nursing or mental health certification are greatly needed.

If anyone is interested in learning more about becoming part of our community’s response to helping those on experiencing a disaster, like this latest hurricane, please call the Red Cross today.

Individuals will be required to fill out an application, attend a Disaster Services Overview course which will provide information on what it takes to become a volunteer who may be sent to respond to national emergencies; what roles and responsibilities are involved, what a typical deployment would entail and answer questions.   Following completion of this overview participants will receive information about the next steps towards becoming a volunteer in Disaster Services with the American Red Cross.

For those who can’t volunteer at this time, The Red Cross encourages you to make a financial donations to support our ongoing relief efforts both for Hurricane Sandy and for the over 60,000 small and large disasters that the Red Cross responds to every year.

About the American Red Cross of West Michigan:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about forty percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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