Red Cross puts out call for EMS volunteers in Calif.

The pandemic has created a special need for licensed EMS providers and other healthcare personnel to assist during the wildfire season


Napa Valley Register, Calif.

NAPA COUNTY, Calif. — The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers for what could be a busy wildfire season, but says the search may be hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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,” said Jennifer Adrio, regional CEO, American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region. “Train now to be a Red Cross volunteer and answer the call to help if the need arises here in our region.”

The American Red Cross has put out a call for licensed EMS providers and other healthcare professionals to volunteer during California's wildfire season. (Photo/American Red Cross)
The American Red Cross has put out a call for licensed EMS providers and other healthcare professionals to volunteer during California's wildfire season. (Photo/American Red Cross)

Full information on volunteer opportunities is available at: https://rdcrss.org/326n9Za

There is a special need for volunteers to support sheltering efforts. Because of COVID-19, the Red Cross is placing those needing a safe place to stay in emergency hotel lodging when possible. If hotel stays aren’t possible, then the Red Cross will open traditional shelters. To help keep people safe, we have put in place additional precautions and developed special training for our workforce.

The Red Cross said it needs volunteers to help staff shelter reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection and other vital tasks.

There is a special need of people who are an RN, LPN, LVN, APRN, NP, EMT, paramedic, MD/DO or PA with an active, current and unencumbered license, the Red Cross said.

Roles are also available for Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Home Health Aides, student nurses and medical students.

If you are interested in helping the community if a disaster occurs, go to redcross.org/volunteertoday.

Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, consult your health care provider and follow local guidance.

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©2020 Napa Valley Register, Calif.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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