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Red Cross needs volunteers to commit now to work in hurricane shelters in Nac
Posted 08 - 07 - 2012

Bobbie Ann Anderson with the American Red Cross sends this message to East Texas volunteers - and those who would like to be trained to be volunteers, especially during hurricane season, when large numbers of Gulf Coast evacuees arrive in our communities seeking shelter.  Contact Bobbie Ann at for more information.

  • With storms in the Atlantic, the Red Cross needs an idea of who's available if we open shelters in Nacogdoches. Please reply by email ASAP:

  1. Your name, home phone number and cell number.

  2. Are you available during August?   (yes, no or maybe)

  3. What dates are you NOT available in August? 

  4. Which shelter have you worked at in the past?

  5. What were your duties in the past?

  6. Do you want to work at a different shelter?

  7. Do you want different duties, and if so, what?

  8. If you're a new volunteer, do you have a specific shelter in mind or may we assign you where ever needed?

  9. If available, would you be willing to volunteer during the morning, afternoon, evening (6pm-10pm), or nights? (You choose the hours to volunteer!)

  10. Have you completed a Red Cross background check in the past? If not, read instructions below.

Thanks in advance for your reply! If shelters open in Nacogdoches during August, we'll email and/or phone you. At that time, let us know what specific days and times you would like to volunteer.

 Bobbie Ann


Dear Nacogdoches Red Cross Volunteers,

 As you know, we're approaching the time of year when, historically, our Texas coast is subject to hurricanes. Feel free to share this information with others who may be interested in volunteering with the Red Cross in Nacogdoches.

Prepare for the worst - Pray for the best! Thanks for all you do,

Bobbie Ann Anderson

Volunteer, American Red Cross

Nacogdoches Disaster Coordinator, DAT and DSHR


The new Nacogdoches County Evacuee Shelter is nearing completion. We must build a Red Cross volunteer base for this shelter. If you are not already assigned to a shelter (for example: your church shelter), please consider volunteering at the new shelter!

  • All volunteers are subject to a background check. If you have not already done so, please follow this link to begin the process for a free Red Cross background check. (Note: Red Cross DOES NOT see the information you submit!) You will receive a certificate in a few days from "My Background Check." Please print 2 copies: 1 for your records and mail one to the Red Cross office, 1905 East Denman Ave., Lufkin TX 75901.

Click on Request A Background Check

Click Texas on the map

Select Texas Gulf Coast Region

 Get the two new Red Cross apps for your smart phones: Red Cross First Aid and Red Cross Hurricane. Both are great tools, FREE, and available on iTunes and Google Play!

 Volunteers should complete the Basic Food Safety online class. (Or at least, several volunteers at every shelter!) It's FREE and takes about one hour. Again, pleaseprint 2 copies of your certificate and mail one to the Red Cross office for our records.

 Basic Food Safety (FHMCC200S)

Disaster Services Mass Care at national headquarters has contracted with FoodHandler, Inc., to provide online safe food handling training for American Red Cross Mass Care workers. This Basic Food Safety self-study course takes about 60 minutes to complete and includes a 20-question quiz at the end. Participants who successfully complete the quiz with a score of 70 percent or better can print out a completion certificate for their records. The course is available in both English and Spanish.

This course should be taken by all Mass Care Feeding workers. It will provide a general foundation for safe food handling practices. It includes subjects such as personal hygiene, times and temperatures and cross contamination.

§ How to Access the Basic Food Safety Training

To learn more prior to taking the training, click the “Training” tab on the Food Handler website.

To access the training follow these steps:

For First Time Users

1. Go to

2. Type in your Activation Code when prompted: RedCross (This code is space & case sensitive.) and click the “Submit” button.

3. Read the instructions under “Is this your first time here?” Click the “Create a new account” button.

4. Enter your DSHR # as your User ID (or create your own User ID if you do not have a DSHR number). Next you will need to create your unique Password and then confirm your Password. The User ID and Password that you create will be the information that you will use to login for subsequent training sessions.

5. Enter the requested information and complete the Captcha and then click on the "Create a new account" button.

6. Click “Continue” on the next page to confirm your enrollment.

7. Click the Basic Food Safety course title in either English or Spanish to begin the training.

For Returning Users (already registered)

8. Go to

9. Type in your Activation Code when prompted: RedCross (This code is space & case sensitive.) and click the “Submit” button.

10. Enter the User ID and password that you created the first time you entered the Basic Food Safety Training under “Returning to this web site?”

11. Click the Basic Food Safety course title in either English or Spanish to review or complete the training.


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