Each year, the American Red Cross responds immediately
to more than 67,000 nationwide disasters, including
house or apartment fires
(the majority of disaster responses), hurricanes,
floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials
spills, transportation accidents, explosions,
and other natural and man-made disasters.
Last year, disaster volunteers helped the victims
of over 150 Mid-Michigan disasters. Events such
as fires, explosions, wind storms, power outages
and train derailments put nearly 1,000 community
members in need of groceries, clothing, basic
household items, medicines and temporary housing.
trained Mid-Michigan chapter volunteers spent
at least three weeks responding to national disasters
such as forest fires, floods and hurricanes.
Generous support from the community
helped the Red Cross provide assistance free of
charge to all victims of disasters.
and volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, 365
days a year to assist families who have been affected
by single family fires, floods, tornadoes, etc.
Caseworkers help families with immediate needs
and work to develop a permanent recovery plan
utilizing Red Cross assistance and community resources.
minimum requirements to join a local Disaster
Action Team are:
to Disaster Services, First Aid and CPR Certification
and Disaster Action Team Orientation-
these courses are offered frequently at the American
To volunteer or find out more about
disaster services, please contact a
Disaster Management Team member or Rachelle Wood,
the Emergency Response Coordinator at 517-484-7461
or 1-888-TAP HELP (1-888-827-4357).