Red Cross is recruiting new disaster volunteers

MOUNT AIRY — Looking to make a difference in the community? Try volunteering with The American Red Cross. The need is great for volunteers and the chapter is looking for additional volunteers in disaster services.

A disaster training will be held Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the American Red Cross Office, 844 Westlake Drive, Mount Airy.

Disaster Volunteers commit to serving the community to help prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Disaster Volunteer opportunities include:

• Disaster Action Teams (DAT) — a team of trained volunteers that respond to the scene of a disaster to deliver Red Cross services. DAT volunteers ease the difficulties of people unexpectedly overwhelmed by disasters, engaging with clients, first responders and the public.

• Disaster Services Workgroups — use skills and interests to train in areas of Disaster Public Affairs, Disaster Planning, Disaster Government Liaisons, Disaster Health and Mental Services; Disaster Logistics; Disaster Mass Care

• Preparedness Education Presenter — promote awareness of risk and preparedness steps to help individuals, families and businesses take action before, during or after a disaster or other emergencies. Programs include Home Fire Campaign, Youth Education using fun interactive learning and Citizen’s CPR.

The Orientation and Training will comprise of how to get started as a volunteer, disaster action team basics and disaster services overview.

All American Red Cross volunteers are required to complete a Volunteer Application, read and agree to Red Cross Policies and complete a Background Check.

Start the Volunteer Application process and read position descriptions at For questions, contact Susan Smith at or call 336-332-6923.

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