SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Experts say we are in for a busy hurricane season this summer, and the American Red Cross says it urgently needs volunteers to help our community. With Tropical Storm Isaias making its way on the coast of Georgia the Red Cross says they were prepared.
“We have had trained volunteers and shelter and relief supplies pre-positioned and ready to go in case people need help,” said Maria Center, Executive Director of the Southeast Georgia Chapter of American Red Cross.
“The coronavirus pandemic will make it challenging to deploy trained disaster volunteers from other parts of the country should an emergency occur. In light of this, the Red Cross is asking you to be ready to help your community in the Lowcountry,” said Ashley Henyan, executive director of the Lowcountry Chapter of American Red Cross of South Carolina. “Hurricanes Require Heroes. Train now to be a Red Cross volunteer and answer the call to help if the need arises here in our region.”
Because of COVID-19, Red Cross is planning to place those needing a safe place during a hurricane in emergency hotel lodging when possible. If hotel stays aren’t possible, then the Red Cross will open traditional shelters.
Volunteers are needed to help staff shelter reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection and other tasks.
Red Cross says health services support is also needed. Anyone who is an RN, LPN, LVN, APRN, NP, EMT, paramedic, MD/DO or PA with active, current and unencumbered license is needed to assess people’s health at shelters.
“We need individuals to work at blood drives, to register people, to take temperatures and we also need individuals who are able to drive blood products from our facilities to hospitals,” Center said.
Roles are also available for Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Home Health Aides, student nurses and medical students, Red Cross says. Responsibilities 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.