**COVID-19 Disaster Reserve** Disaster Health Services Associate (RN LPN LVN EMT MD DO PA NP APRN)

**COVID-19 Disaster Reserve** Disaster Health Services Associate (RN LPN LVN EMT MD DO PA NP APRN)

Disaster Health Services Service Associate is a temporary position assigned to work in person before, during and/or after a disaster event this hurricane/wildfire season. Volunteers in this role provide assistance and healthcare to shelter residents as needed.

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Field: Response Operation / Deployment

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide hands on care for shelter clients to include but not limited to assistance with activities of daily living, wound care, incontinence care, assistance with functional needs.
  • Provide health education, health assessments and determination if a higher level of care is needed.
  • Assist clients to replace medications, durable medical equipment or consumable medical supplies.
  • Advocate for client needs with Disaster Health Services supervisor.
  • Support maternal and child needs as necessary.
  • Complete required virtual self-paced training for position (4 hours total)


Required Qualifications:

  • A current, unencumbered license in at least one of the following professions:
    • Registered Nurse (RN)
    • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
    • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
    • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)*
    • Paramedic*
    • Medical Doctor (MD)
    • Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)
    • Physician Assistant (PA)
    • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
    • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Willing and able to volunteer in person in a COVID -19 disaster shelter before, during and/or after a disaster event
  • Availability to sign up for shifts on consecutive days (shifts may be 4, 8 or 12 hours long)
  • Willing to complete 4 hours of virtual self-paced training required for position
  • Ability to read, write, and follow verbal and written instructions in English


Required (part of onboarding)

  • Disaster Health Services Fundamentals 2 – WBT 1 hour
  • Shelter Fundamentals v2 (includes Shelter Fundamentals Forms)- WBT 1 hour, 30 minutes or VILT 1 hour 30 min
  • Everyone is Welcome – WBT 45 minutes or VILT 1 hour
  • Congregate Sheltering Activities in COVID-19 Environment - VID 20 minutes

Total Training Time: 3 hours 35 minutes or 3 hours 50 minutes

Additional Training Requirements for SAs and SV s willing to deploy outside their region  

  • Deployment Fundamentals – WBT 30 min 
  • Mission Cards – Cardholder Overview – VID 15 min 

 Total Training Time:  45 min minutes  

Development Opportunities

Disaster Health Services Supervisor with completion of remaining requirements and training.

Length of Appointment

  • The COVID-19 Disaster Reserve is active during this disaster/wildfire season, anticipated to extend until the end of the year
  • Reserve volunteers will have the opportunity to remain active with the Red Cross after the season

Time Commitment

*IMPORTANT* This is a reserve appointment

Upon joining the COVID-19 Disaster Reserve, the only immediate time commitment is to complete your training online, approximately 2-5 hours.

Activation and Deployment

  • In case of a large scale disaster, the COVID-19 Disaster Reserve will be activated with an email or text message notification to all responders.
  • Sign-up to assignments will be opened immediately. 
  • Red Cross will make arrangements for travel and accommodation for 
Minimum Commitment
  • Minimum commitment for local deployment is five (5) non-consecutive days
  • Minimum commitment for divisional deployment (more than 50 miles from your home of record) is fourteen (14) consecutive days from activation including travel

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