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Volunteer for fun role playing in disaster drill, no experience needed

  • Mar 11, 2014 · 11:00 AM
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The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago is running a disaster drill to better train our disaster response volunteers to provide the best service possible to clients with various physical and mental disabilities. We need your help to role play as clients with disabilities so our trained disaster volunteers can practice taking care of you. No professional acting skills needed. You will be given cue cards listing the symptoms or behaviors you should exhibit and the volunteers will practice caring for you base on your needs. For example, you may be asked to act as a person with impaired vision and the volunteers will guide you around to your cot and feeding area in our simulated shelter space. Your time and participation will help make our response team better prepared and ready to help in a disaster in our area.  Volunteer groups are welcome to sign up as actors.

This will be a fun role playing event, and you will get to meet some awesome people at the Red Cross and fellow volunteers. You will get a glimpse of how a disaster response is carried out it in our community. Our local Red Cross responds to 1200 local disasters each year, most of them are house fires in our communities, but we also respond to floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, extreme temperatures, carbon monoxide leaks, transportation accidents, hazardous material Incidents, community emergencies, and other events that cause people to be displaced from their homes.  Each time we train in an exercise, we can get better as volunteer responders. You can help us better serve you in times of emergencies.

Free snacks and unlimited hot chocolate will be provided to all volunteer actors. :)

Please note this is not an opportunity to become a trained disaster response volunteer. You are coming to assist as an actor only. The Red Cross can provide you with information about future training opportunities if you are interested.

Event date: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 
Event time: 11 am to 1 pm

Location: American Red Cross of Greater Chicago Headquarters 
Rauner Center 
2200 W. Harrison Street 
Chicago, IL 60612

With the help of more than 4,000 passionate, dedicated volunteers just like you, the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago serves more than 9.6 million people in northeastern Illinois and northwest Indiana. Counties within our jurisdiction include Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Lake, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, Will, DeKalb, and Kankakee in Illinois, and Jasper, Lake, and Newton in Indiana. The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help our neighbors—across the street, across the country, and across the world—in emergencies. Locally we respond to 1,200 disasters every year and teach more than a quarter million people in Chicagoland each year health, safety and disaster preparedness skills.  For more information, please visit

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  • Khadijah

    fun exercise

    March 12, 2014

  • Imani

    What a fun volunteer opportunity! Everybody really unleashed their inner actress and really got into their roles! It was great meeting everyone and I'd love to do something like this again!

    March 12, 2014

  • Nhemya

    Great experience!

    March 11, 2014

  • Eurenice H.

    Great moment today with great people. Had a lot of fun

    March 11, 2014

  • Mrz Certified A.

    Working, but in this case it's not" work" when u enjoy the role u play

    March 10, 2014

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