American Red Cross Needs Volunteers, Blood Donors During Busy Disaster Season


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American Red CrossNashville, Tennessee – Many weather experts predict a destructive wildfire and hurricane season this year.

The American Red Cross needs volunteers to help in the field and blood and platelet donors to roll up their sleeves to maintain a stable blood supply in the face of emergencies.

 Heidi Reed relaxes in a donor chair after her blood donation. Reed's mother received blood during her blood donation. an operation (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)

Heidi Reed relaxes in a donor chair after donating blood. Reed’s mother received blood during an operation. (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)

“We are preparing for another extremely busy disaster season, and having a trained and ready volunteer workforce is essential to ensure we can provide relief at any time,” said Sherri McKinney, Director Regional Communications for the American Red Cross, Tennessee Region.

“This year’s wildfire season is already very active and dangerous due to severe drought and dry forests in the west. And experts predict we could see 10 or more hurricanes in the coming weeks, ”McKinney said.

Shelter volunteers, health professionals needed

The Red Cross needs new volunteers to support disaster shelters. Volunteers will help with reception, registration, food distribution, dormitory, information gathering and other vital tasks inside disaster shelters.

The Red Cross also needs volunteers who can work in disaster shelters to meet people’s health needs and provide practical care in accordance with their professional license (registered nurse and licensed practical nurse / registered professional nurse). Daily observation and screening for COVID-19-like illness among shelter residents may also be required.

We have both associate and supervisory level opportunities available. If you are an IA, LPN, LVN, APRN, NP, EMT, EMT, MD / DO, or PA with a current, unencumbered license, this position might be right for you.

After most of this year’s disasters, the Red Cross plans to open collective shelters. However, in some communities, hotels may be more appropriate if the risk of COVID-19, including the delta variant, is particularly high. The Red Cross will also maintain many of the safety precautions implemented in 2020, including masks, health exams, improved cleaning procedures and the encouragement of social distancing.

Member of the Disaster Action Team

Local Disaster Response Teams provide a 24-hour emergency response to local disasters, especially house fires, ensuring that those affected have access to the necessary resources for basic needs such as as food, shelter and clothing. If you are team-oriented and want to help your neighbor, the DAT answering machine may be what you need.

In the last fiscal year, July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, the Tennessee region provided immediate emergency assistance to 2,781 families after 2,019 house fires and other disasters.

If you want to make a difference and are interested in helping your disaster community at home or across the country, please apply online at

Blood and platelet donors needed

Forest fires, record heat and a busy hurricane season can also impact the country’s blood supply. In addition to the toll of extreme weather events that claim millions of lives, disasters can shut down blood clinics or prevent donors from donating safely.

Eligible donors can help overcome the critical need for blood and ensure blood is readily available by making an appointment to donate using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting, by calling 1.800.RED CROSS (1.800.733.2767) or by activating the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a thank you, those who come to donate throughout August will receive a 4 month free special offer on Apple Music via email (new subscribers only). Details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities from August 16 to 31


Christian County

Fort Campbell:
08/20/2021: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Byrd Health Clinic, 7973, boulevard Strike


Cheatham County

08/31/2021: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Cheap Hill Church of Christ, 2834 Highway 12 N.

08/31/2021: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Cheap Hill Church of Christ, 2834 Highway 12 N.

Dickson County

08/16/2021: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tennsco Community Center, 115 Tennsco Drive

Montgomery County

8/16/2021: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tennessee River Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street

08/17/2021: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Veteran’s Plaza – William O. Beach Civic Hall, 350 Pageant Lane

8/21/2021: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tennessee River Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street

8/23/2021: 10:30 a.m.-4: 30 p.m., Tennessee River Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street

8/25/2021: 10:30 a.m.-4: 30 p.m., Tennessee River Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street

8/30/2021: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tennessee River Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street

About donating blood

To donate blood, people must bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other pieces of identification required at check-in. People aged 17 in most states (16 with parental consent where state law allows), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and under must also meet certain height and weight requirements.

Donors can also save up to 15 minutes collecting blood by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at or use the Red Cross Blood Donor app.

In most cases, those who have received a vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important to determine eligibility for donation.

Safety of blood collection

Every Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards for safety and infection control, and ‘extra precautions’ – including ‘masks’ for donors and staff, which regardless of their immunization status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those who wait. Donors are requested to make an appointment before arriving at the drive.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides “comfort” to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military personnel and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to “accomplish” its mission. For more information, please visit? Or?, or follow us on Twitter at @RedCross.



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