On a National Level, the Red Cross has an IMMEDIATE need for 1,000 volunteers to travel to its Atlanta, Georgia Staging Area. The Red Cross asks that volunteers make a three-week commitment. Volunteers will assist families displaced by Hurricane Frances. Previous Red Cross training is NOT required. Volunteers will be needed for all functions, especially: Mass Care for sheltering, feeding and ERV deployment; Family Services. Your local American Red Cross will provide orientation and training before deployment. Costs to cover transportation, meals and lodging will be paid by the American Red Cross. This will be a hardship assignment.
A hardship assignment may include the following:
- H1 Water Disruption - water needs to be boiled in certain areas
- H2 Power Outage - widespread power outage effects those with medical equipment, physical limitations, etc
- H4 Weather Extremes - Heat
- H5 Housing Shortage - staff are being housed in shelters
- H6 Working Conditions - heat, humidity and a lack of air conditioning in housing and worksites
- H9 Travel Distances - lengthy commute times between service delivery sites and staff lodging, as well as traffic hazards. The impacted areas have missing or damaged street signs and many traffic signals are not working. Staff may be commuting 60-90 minutes between work sites and lodging, or 40-50 miles.
Please contact Traci Winfree at WinfreeT@usa.redcross.org with your availability.