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Red Cross Healthcare Volunteers Help in Disaster Relief

Red Cross Healthcare Volunteers Help in Disaster Relief

Workers spread a flag of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the jetty in front of a passenger vessel chartered by ICRC to rescue passengers stranded by fighting between government forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels in Jaffna, about 240

By Renee Berg | Monster Contributing Writer

Aid for the Volunteers

Recognizing that volunteers can also feel a disaster’s effects, the Red Cross is careful to see that their needs are met as well. Assistance is available for volunteers who are disaster victims themselves, and counseling is offered for volunteers on whom the relief work is taking an emotional toll.

“There’s always somebody who can help volunteers within the organization,” says RN Becky Alden of Massachusetts, who responded to a plane crash in that state in which two people died. “You’re never alone out there.”

This article originally appeared on Monster Advice.

More Disaster Relief Resources

Disaster Relief: Boost Your Skills — and Karma!
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Resources for Flood Victims
• Donate to the Philippine Red Cross or the Red Cross Disaster Relief
Volunteer with the Red Cross
Donate Blood in Your Area
Join Up! Disaster Relief Group
Quiz: What’s Your Disaster IQ?

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