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Red Cross Needs Health Professionals for Wildfire Season

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American Red Cross Pacific Coast Chapter, CA


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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? 

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 (RN and LPN/LVN). 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. If you are an RN, LPN, LVN, APRN, NP, EMT, paramedic, MD/DO or PA with an active, current and unencumbered license, there is a role for you. Ancillary roles are available locally for Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Home Health Aides, student nurses and medical students. RNs supervise all clinical tasks. 

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. 

Requirements: 

  • 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 of 5 days working 4-, 6- or 12-hour shifts during a two-week period during a disaster response 

Ready to Make a Difference? Here's How to Get Started! 

  1. Go to redcross.org/volunteer to complete our online application. It takes less than 10 minutes! 
  2. 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. 
  3. We’ll provide all necessary training to ensure you can be successful in your volunteer role. 

Flexible schedule, must be willing to make a minimum of five 4-, 6- or 12-hour shifts within a two-week disaster response 

 

A current, unencumbered license in at least one of the following professions: 

oRegistered Nurse 

oLicensed Practical Nurse 

oLicensed Vocational Nurse 

oEmergency Medical Technician 

oParamedic 

oMedical Doctor 

oPhysician Assistant 

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…

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Location

Santa Barbara, CA

How to Apply

Volunteer Application Guide

How to become a Red Cross Volunteer

STEP 1 - CREATE A RED CROSS ID

Go to www.redcross.org/volunteer

Click "Find My Volunteer Opportunity”

Recommended: Take the Volunteer Role Finder Quiz Click on "Apply Now" and browse volunteer opportunities Complete the required fields to create your Red Cross ID

               2 - CONFIRM YOUR ACCOUNT

Fill in your contact information and click "Continue to Verify Contact Info" at the bottom of the page.

Choose how you would like to receive your confirmation code: via text or email and click "Send Me the Code".

   3 - POLICY AGREEMENT

Click on each of the four links to the documents to read and agree to Red Cross Policies.

After you complete this step, click the red “Continue to Background Check” button.

 4 - BACKGROUND CHECK

Upload a picture of your valid ID by clicking on the link to upload and select the file from your device. Click the red “Continue to Background Check” button.

Check and click on the links to read the required consent form. Click the red “Authorize Background Check” button.

Enter your Social Security Number in the box that appears, then click "Finish". You will then be brought to the home screen.

  

Once you finish your application, you will be contacted for a “Get to Know You” Interview.

Have Questions?

Contact us at jennifer.samaritan@redcross.org or Or call Jen at 805.350.8364

Volunteer Application Guide

How to become a Red Cross Volunteer

STEP 1 - CREATE A RED CROSS ID

Go to www.redcross.org/volunteer

Click "Find My Volunteer Opportunity”

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