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Needed: Public Affairs Volunteers to Help Tell the Red Cross Story


Nationwide, the American Red Cross responds to an emergency every 8 minutes. That means a Red Cross volunteer mobilizes to make sure that a family is given the means to find shelter, food and clothing when they suddenly find themselves displaced.

Red Cross Public Affairs volunteers alert the media and our friends on social media that the Red Cross team is on the go, helping families to find their way back after the painful confusion that being displaced can bring. These highly trained volunteers work with local media as spokespersons during a large disaster, and send press releases and other information every time a Red Cross team is deployed. In doing so, we ensure that the community is notified when the Red Cross is in action.

These volunteers are also taught to tell the story in the digital space by posting to social media. Social media experts teach any new volunteers how to best leverage and post social media to again show the community when the Red Cross is on the move.

Volunteers work shifts – day, night or weekends, and are asked to volunteer at least 2 shifts per month.

An easy way to gain volunteer experience and hours, this volunteer capacity can also train you for working with the media.

Interested? Go to http://www.redcross.org/support/volunteer/opportunities#step1  Enter your zipcode, and select “Communications / PR” in the drop down menu.

Questions? Email frank.rutkowski@redcross.org


Red Cross “Ready to Respond” Disaster Institute In Full Swing




The Southern Nevada chapter has been pretty busy the last weeks before our Disaster Institute started last week. Preparation of student packets, projectors, signage, scheduling instructors… it’s all led up to 10 days of classes scheduled from 8am to 10pm every day.

Volunteers have come in to teach our new volunteers the skills that they’ll need responding to disaster and how to set up a disaster operation.

That training came in handy this summer when Red Cross volunteers set up a 2 week disaster response to our local wildfires on the Spring Mountain range. This was followed by a neighborhood evacuation following a severe storm.

American Red Cross volunteers and staff are trained the same curriculum around the country so that, when a group come together to respond to a large disaster event such as Superstorm Sandy, everyone will have the same knowledge on how all procedures are carried out.

This valuable training is only available at your local Red Cross chapter, and anyone is welcome.  If you have questions about this, or upcoming Institutes, call 702- 531-0228.



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