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.
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 the Pillowcase Project, a disaster preparedness presentation for kids age 8-11, which has gone virtual!
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 training modules:
- 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
- Conducting presentations and sharing training materials
- Plan for preparedness programming 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.
Contact Taylor Poisall at email@example.com or 559-513-1656 to learn more!