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Mid-Michigan Chapter
1800 E. Grand River Avenue
Lansing, MI 48912
www.midmichiganredcross.org
Contact: Rachelle Wood
Phone: (517) 702-3336
Fax: (517) 484-3799

How To Become a Mid-Michigan Chapter

Disaster Services Volunteer:

Volunteer Process:

Steps 1 through 7 are for all new Mid-Michigan Chapter, American Red Cross volunteers.

1. Pick up a Mid-Michigan Chapter Volunteer Application.
2. Sign-up for American Red Cross Orientation class (517-484-7461 ex 304).
3. Attend Orientation and sign-up for new volunteer interview.
4. Complete new volunteer interview.
5. Complete a Mid-Michigan Chapter Volunteer Application and return to chapter.
6. Background check completed by chapter.
7. Complete Introduction to Disaster Services course.
8. Complete other courses as needed for specific activity interested in (e.g.
Client Casework, Sheltering, Logistics…).

Steps 9 through 15 are only for those interested in going out on a national disaster assignment.

9. Pick up a national Disaster Services Human Resources (DSHR) application.
10. Complete DSHR application and return to Disaster Services office.
11. Training completed by volunteer:
a. Mass Care: An Overview
b. Other courses as needed for specific activity interested in (e.g. Client
Casework, Sheltering, Logistics…).

12. Health Status Record signed by applicant and returned to Disaster Services Office.
13. Application reviewed by DSHR administrator and team.
14. Health Statement reviewed by nurse.
15. Volunteer added to DSHR national system by DSHR administration.
16. Complete online national background check.

Steps 9 through 16 need not always be completed in specific order as listed above.

American Red Cross Disaster Services National Assignments:

What to expect:


Time Commitment:

Normal disaster assignments are for 3 weeks. Two week assignments for Mental Health and Health Services personnel may be possible.

Transportation:
All transportation costs are covered by the American Red Cross. Transportation may be by plane, train, bus or rental vehicle depending upon the situation (distance, time, accessibility, availability, etc..)

Housing:

All housing costs are covered by the American Red Cross. Housing may be in a hotel or in a staff shelter and will vary from job to job and day by day.

Meals:

All meal costs are covered by the American Red Cross. Volunteers are given an advance from the American Red Cross that is to be used to cover meals with a per diem. Volunteers can also expect to eat in shelters and from ARC Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs).

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Serving Clinton, Eaton, Gratioit, Ingham and Shiawassee Counties American Red Cross Mid-Michigan Chapter
Clinton, Eaton, Ingham County 1800 East Grand River Avenue Lansing, MI 48912 517-484-7461
Gratiot County 205 East Superior Alma, MI 48801 989-463-3209
Shiawassee County 702 West Corunna Avenue Corunna, MI 48817 989-743-6118
Regional Food Distribution Center 2116 Mint Road Lansing, MI 48906 517-321-6807
Great Lakes Region Blood Services 1800 East Grand River Avenue Lansing, MI 48912 517-484-2224