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Learn how to help people as a Red Cross volunteer on Dec. 8.

Event organizer: Kristen Simas
Event Date & Time: December 8, 2017 1:00 pm until December 8, 2017 2:00 pm
American Red Cross of Maine | BDN
American Red Cross of Maine | BDN

You can help people affected by disasters! Learn more at an American Red Cross information session about how you can help fulfil the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross as a volunteer.

The following volunteer opportunities are now available in Penobscot County.

Disaster Action Team: DAT responders are dispatched to disaster scenes – often home fires – to provide immediate help. They assess the needs of the affected individuals and make sure they have food, a safe place to sleep and other essentials. They connect them as needed to Red Cross Disaster Health Services, Disaster Mental Health and Disaster Spiritual Care specialists. They may follow-up to help with recovery plans and make referrals to available resources.

Sheltering: During a disaster, Red Cross shelters offer a safe place to stay, health services, emotional support, information, meals, snacks, water and more. Shelter workers may help with shelter set up, feeding, distributing supplies and other shelter operations. In addition to disaster responses in Maine, trained sheltering workers may have the opportunity to deploy to out-of-state operations.

Home Fire Campaign: Home fires kill seven people each day in the United States. The campaign aims to reduce those preventable tragedies. Working smoke alarms in a home reduce the risk of death by half and an escape plan further improves the chances of survival. Home fire safety teams visit homes to assess and test existing alarms and install free smoke alarms, help residents develop escape plans and review fire safety checklists with them. Volunteers may also be involved in organizing home fire safety and installation events.