1800 E. Grand River Avenue
Lansing, MI 48912
Phone: (517) 702-3336
Fax: (517) 484-3799
How To Become
a Mid-Michigan Chapter
Disaster Services Volunteer:
Steps 1 through 7
are for all new Mid-Michigan Chapter, American Red Cross
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
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
10. Complete DSHR application and return to Disaster
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
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
What to expect:
Normal disaster assignments are for 3 weeks. Two week
assignments for Mental Health and Health Services personnel
may be possible.
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..)
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.
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).