We are trained to become involved in many areas of Red Cross Disaster Services, including community disaster education, disaster preparation in our local community, and disaster response through Red Cross disaster action teams and youth disaster corps.
Each year, the American Red Cross responds immediately to more than 70,000 disasters, including house or apartment fires (the majority of disaster responses), hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, explosions, and other natural and man-made disasters.
How can youth volunteers get involved?
Before a disaster:
- Train in disaster response
- Educate others in disaster preparedness
- Prepare comfort kits for disaster victims
- Function as victims/clients in drills
- Fundraise for disaster relief
During a disaster:
Assist with Shelter Management, Mass Care, Logistics, Volunteer Management, Client Casework, Switchboard Operations, etc.
Youth Volunteer in Disaster Services presentation
A presentation by two former Chairs of the National Youth Council
How youth can become involved in Disaster Services.
Learn more about Disaster Services by visiting the Red Cross website.
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Under certain conditions, chemicals can be poisonous or have a harmful effect on your health. Some chemicals which are safe, and even helpful in small amounts, can be harmful in larger quantities or under certain conditions.
In some communities where drought conditions exist, officials may recommend measures to restrict use of water. You should check with your local authorities or water utility for information on water restrictions.
Prepare a home earthquake plan. Choose a safe place in every room–under a sturdy table or desk or against an inside wall where nothing can fall on you.
Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm outside each sleeping area and on each additional level of your home. Carbon Monoxide alarms can save lives, too. Find out more about how to protect yourself from CO poisoning.
If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood. Listen to local radio or TV stations for flood information.
If a heat wave is predicted or happening… Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Prepare a personal evacuation plan. Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate. Choose several places–a friend’s home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.
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Before lightning strikes… Keep an eye on the sky. Look for darkening skies, flashes of light, or increasing wind. Listen for the sound of thunder.
Prepare a home tornado plan. Pick a place where family members could gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.
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More and more people are making their homes in woodland settings in or near forests, rural areas, or remote mountain sites. There, homeowners enjoy the beauty of the environment but face the very real danger of wildfire.
Prepare a winter storm plan. Have extra blankets on hand. Ensure that each member of your household has a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat, and water-resistant boots.