The Red Cross is seeking disaster volunteers to help deliver its mission and will host free disaster volunteer training boot camps in Rocky Mount and Greenville as well as a virtual session.

The training course will teach volunteers about the role of the Red Cross during disasters and how to work with clients, first responders, the public and partner organizations. Participants will complete their training with a disaster simulation drill.

The local Disaster Action Team Boot Camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Station Square at 301 S. Church St. in downtown Rocky Mount. Lunch will be provided.

A second camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Koinonia Christian Center at 1405 S.W. Greenville Blvd. in Greenville.

One virtual session will be offered via Microsoft Teams, with a link to be provided to registrants prior to the event.


Participants in the training boot camps will:

  • Learn the role and values for engaging with disaster clients, first responders and the public.
  • Understand the functions of the Disaster Action Team and expectations for volunteers on a response.
  • Discover the roles a Disaster Action Team volunteer may perform on a large-scale disaster response.
  • Learn casework and recovery planning processes and the system used.
  • Learn how direct client assistance is issued and how referrals are made to community partners.
  • Complete a simulation drill, practicing the skills learned during the sessions.

The training is open to anyone who wants to learn more about becoming a Red Cross Disaster Action Team member. Following completion of the course, registered volunteers will be certified as Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers.

To sign up for a training boot camp, go to bit.ly/datbootcamp or contact Elisabeth Grant at elisabeth.grant@redcross.org or 252-933-7386. Registration is required by Oct. 21.