Red Cross Seeking Local Shelter & Medical Volunteers

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The coronavirus pandemic has shifted the way the Red Cross responds to disasters.

Peter Prowe with the Rhode Island chapter of the American Red Cross says, “Typically, we get trained disaster responders from other parts of the country.  Now, because of the COVID environment, we can’t do that easily because when they come into the state of Rhode Island, they would have to quarantine for 14 days.”

Because of those state to state travel restrictions, chapters all over the country are relying less on help from other parts of the country, and recruiting more local volunteers to respond to local disasters.

The Rhode Island chapter is ramping up their recruiting efforts during hurricane season.

Prowe says, “We are in need of help.  And if those people that can spend a few days with us, commit some time to us, they’ll probably come away with a very, very good experience.”

They need volunteers to help staff shelters in the event of an emergency.  No special skills are necessary.

Prowe says, “Just have the heart of a humanitarian, because what we’re going to be doing is helping others who may have been displaced or are having one of the worst days of their lives.”

Training is provided for all volunteer positions.  They’re also looking for licensed medical professionals.  They say it’s all about being ready now, before disaster strikes.

Prowe says, “Get trained today to be ready for tomorrow.”

If you want to volunteer, learn more, or donate, visit the Red Cross website: https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.html

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