HONOLULU — The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers equipped to help during times of need.
“We’re preparing for disaster season, and it’s critical to have a trained, ready volunteer workforce to make sure we can provide relief at a moment’s notice,” said Diane Peters-Nguyen, CEO of the American Red Cross, Pacific Islands Region, in a release.
“Disasters can happen quickly, and we need to have more local volunteers prepared to respond.”
The ARC needs new volunteers to support disaster shelters. Volunteers will help with reception, registration, dormitory, information-collection and compassionate care for clients.
The ARC needs volunteers who can work in disaster shelters to address people’s health needs and provide hands-on care in alignment with their professional license (registered nurse and licensed practical nurse/licensed vocational nurse and EMTs).
Daily observation and health screening for COVID-19-like illness among shelter residents may also be required. There are both worker and supervisory level opportunities available. Anyone who is an RN, LPN, LVN, APRN, NP, EMT, paramedic, MD/DO or PA with a current and unencumbered license is encouraged to inquire.
Should major disasters strike this year, the ARC plans to open congregate shelters. The ARC will also continue many of the safety precautions implemented during the pandemic, including masking, cleaning procedures and encouraging social distancing when and where possible.
Local disaster action teams provide 24-hour emergency response to local disasters, particularly home fires, ensuring that those affected have access to resources for basic necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. Those who are team-oriented and want to help neighbors should consider becoming a DAT responder.
This year, the Pacific Islands Region has provided immediate emergency assistance to 515 people after 80 home fires and other disasters.
Source: The Garden Island