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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Red Cross needs local volunteers due to COVID-19 as we head into Fall disaster season

PITTSBURGH PA, SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 — Experts say we are in for a busy wildfire and hurricane season this fall and the American Red Cross needs volunteers to help in our community.

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. Train now to be a Red Cross volunteer and answer the call to help if the need arises here in our region.

Full information on volunteer opportunities is available here.

SHELTER HELP NEEDED 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.

We need volunteers to help staff shelter reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection and other vital tasks to help those we serve. We have both associate and supervisory level opportunities available.

HEALTH SERVICES SUPPORT NEEDED If you are an RN, LPN, LVN, APRN, NP, EMT, paramedic, MD/DO or PA with an active, current and unencumbered license, the Red Cross needs your support. Volunteers are needed in shelters to help assess people’s health. Daily observation and health screening for COVID-19-like illness among shelter residents may also be required. RNs supervise all clinical tasks.

Roles are also available for Certified Nursing Assistants, Certified Home Health Aides, student nurses and medical students. We need volunteers who can provide care as delegated by a licensed nurse in shelters. This 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.

FURRY FRIENDS NEED HELP TOO When people leave their homes during an emergency, they take their pets with them. The Red Cross is looking for established partner organizations to support the pet sheltering effort.

FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING If you are interested in helping our community should a disaster occur, please go to or contact our area offices by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Be sure to review the CDC guidance for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, consult your health care provider and follow local guidance. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees, volunteers and the people we serve.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


Anonymous said...

Not liking what I'm seeing in Mckean county. A steady number of cases rising weekly now over 50. Wear the mask, wash your hands and protect each other.

Anonymous said...

Oh but ask the locals.It’s all political,just a hoax...Please folks,be thankful,we have been safe for this long.Stay focused!Stay vigilante!

Anonymous said...

Don’t listen to Trump ....protect yourself and your families ....wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, stay away from

Anonymous said...

"It will all just go away. It's a hoax. It's Obama's fault. It's made up by the lame-stream media. It's a Democrat party plan to dump Trump. We have the best testing program in the world. We are doing better than any other country. Ignore scientists, I know more. I am a stable genius. I alone will fix this. It will go away as soon as it get hotter. It will go away as soon as it gets colder. Children don't get sick. Young adults aren't affected. This is just like the flu. Let's all mingle and create herd immunity. Wearing a mask is being politically correct. That was a despicable question to ask me. I should nominate myself for the Nobel Prize in Peace or Medicine."

It might just go away when Trump does. He's responsible for thousands of deaths because he ignored warnings from his own cabinet and lied to us. He continues to lie every time he opens his mouth. He encourages carelessness and stupidity among his base. They take pride in not doing the simple things that could help.