Volunteers share deployment tips

Packing for deploymentAre you ready to deploy for the American Red Cross? Are you nervous about what to take along whether going out to a local disaster or on your first national deployment? What about my cat? Not this time poor little fur kid…

Let’s help each other by sharing our experiences and tips on packing, travel, food, fatigue, mental attitude and whatever seems important to you. You can send tips to Deployments.SpringfieldARC.MO@redcross.org

For instance, from one volunteer in the Southern Missouri Region with multiple Red Cross national deployments comes this tip: “Try to be the person everyone likes to see come through the door and not the one that causes a groan, from the work you do, your attitude and what kind of roommate you may be.”

Other quick tips:

  • Read all of the material provided in your Red Cross deployment package.
  • Be ready to live out of your suitcase because your rooming situation can change quickly.
  • Share the gas bill.
  • Take along a sleep mask and earplugs.
  • Have the phone number and address of the local Red Cross chapter near your deployment with you.
  • Exchange cell phone numbers with other Red Cross team members.
  • Wi-Fi at airports and hotels doesn’t always work; be ready.
  • Keep receipts and a running tally of expenses to use in the event you need to reload additional funds to your Red Cross card.

What tips can you share to help other Red Cross volunteers from SOMO?

Have you never deployed with the American Red Cross? Contact 1-800-REDCROS about volunteering and training.

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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at@RedCross.

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