The Two Rivers Chapter of the American Red Cross is recruiting new volunteers to serve on Disaster Action Teams (DAT) to help serve residents in Benton, Dickson, Houston, Henry, Humphreys, Montgomery, and Stewart Counties as well as Ft. Campbell, KY and Land between the Lakes.
“Disaster Action Team volunteers are the heart of Red Cross disaster relief efforts,” said Larry Crowell, Disaster Program Manager for the Two Rivers Chapter of the American Red Cross. “These volunteers respond immediately to disasters such as fires, floods, tornadoes etc., to assess the scope of damage and to meet with the affected family or families to determine their immediate disaster-related needs and ensure that those needs are met.”
Depending on the circumstances, Red Cross assistance may include: shelter, food, clothing, toiletry items, clean-up items, help in obtaining prescription refills or medical equipment, mental health support, and referrals to other community organizations that may assist with additional long-term needs. All disaster assistance is free, provided through the generosity of the American public.
Responsibilities for Disaster Action Team Members include:
- The willingness and availability to respond to emergencies anytime during their self- selected "on-call" shift
- A sensitivity to people's needs in difficult situations
- The ability to work objectively and compassionately with diverse individuals
- Respect and concern for the people you serve and work with
- The ability to maintain confidentiality to protect clients served by the Red Cross
- The ability to work well in a "team" environment
“Ask the average person about the American Red Cross and chances are they will mention disasters like hurricanes and floods. But the majority of disasters that the American Red Cross Two Rivers Chapter responds to are single-family house fires, which affect many families locally every day,” said Ron Lanfear, Volunteer Mass Care Lead for the Two Rivers Chapter. “We need more dedicated local volunteers that will join our Disaster Action Team to help us help our neighbors in need.”
All Red Cross volunteer training is free, as part of the American Red Cross disaster preparedness training program. To register online to become a volunteer you can visit: redcross.org/tn/clarksville/volunteer or contact the local chapter at (931)645-6401.