Category Archives: Emergency Service

The American Red Cross responds to more than 70,000 disasters every year. They respond to a variety of sites including fires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, explosions, and other natural and man-made disasters. The Red Cross provides relief to victims of these disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. This global organization touches millions of lives each year by providing training in lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid, collecting and distributing half the nation’s blood supply, and helping victims of more than 67,000 disasters annually.

The American Red Cross at Vanderbilt follows in the footsteps of the national chapters by providing similar services on campus and preparing students and faculty members to help in times of need. Our organization runs several blood drives and Mass Care Training and Shelter Training events to fully prepare our community. Additionally, our campus chapter sends volunteers to help at the Nashville chapter and collects donations in the case of a disaster.

Contact: Fayrisa Greenwald (

IMPORTANT: The timestamp under each item is the date that the entry was posted, NOT the date of the event.

GBM Minutes 10.14.12

• GBM Minutes- October 14, 2012
• As usual, the requirements for becoming an official ARC member are 8 service hours throughout the year and the $5 dues!
• Congratulations to our new Freshman Representatives Andrew Wilkison and Katie Linek and our new Hub Club Committee Coordinator Jelena Belenzada.
• Remember this Saturday, October 20, there is the Disaster Services Overview Class. You need to take this class if you want to take any higher level disaster relief classes or if you want to want to become a disaster relief instructor. Email for more information or if you want a ride! Check out the email from Monday for detail instructions for registering for classes.
• Some other exciting emergency services classes coming up include: Disaster Action Team Orientation (10/23), Emergency Response Vehicle: Ready, Set, Roll (10/27), Psychological First Aid (10/30), and Disaster Fundraising (11/2). Again, email with any questions.
• Chili’s Give Back Night is scheduled for Thursday, November 8th!
• The homecoming blood drive is NEXT week! To sign up to give blood go to and enter the sponsor code, vandy19. Go ahead and make an appointment! The hours are Monday, 11-4; Tuesday, 10-4; and Wednesday 10-4. If you don’t want to give blood, you can still help out by volunteering to publicize on the wall or volunteer at the actual event!
• Don’t want to/can’t give blood? You can still help! Here are links to two opportunities to volunteer with the blood drive:
o On The Wall October 18 and 19:
o At The Blood Drive October 22, 23 and 24:
• Join us in our monthly service opportunity – Families First at the Kennedy Center! Play with children with autism and their siblings while their parents are at information sessions! It is October 27 from 8:30 am to 12 pm. Email to learn how to be eligible for this great service opportunity!
• Volunteer at the Blood Bash! It is Saturday, October 27th at the Standard at the Smith House Downtown. There are three two-hour shifts: 8-10 pm, 10-12 am, and 12 am- 2am. Rides provided! Email if interested!
• We had a lot of fun making Holiday Cards for Heroes! Come to the November 11th GBM to help sort them!
• Join the American Red Cross at Vanderbilt Relay for Life team! Visit to sign up and start fundraising.
• Want to get more involved with Vandy ARC? Join the Fundraising Committee ( or the PR Squad (!
• Our next General Body Meeting will be October 28 at 6pm in Buttrick 206. See you then!


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Sign up for Join the 10,000!

When: Saturday, January 29, 2011, 10:00 AM to noon
Where: Stevenson 4309 (large lecture hall)

Sign up:

Shelter Operations training

Update: The Shelter Operations training has been postponed until the spring semester. If you have already signed up, you are still on the list for the spring.

When: Saturday, November 13. Time TBA.
Prerequisites: Join the 10,000 ;  Mass Care

Contact to sign up.

Mass Care Training

Time: Sept. 25, 9am-12pm

Room: SC 4327

Sign up on Nashville Red Cross website (instructions to be confirmed). Contact or for more information.

Join the 10,000

Join the 10,000 is a Nashville Area Red Cross campaign to make Middle Tennessee the SAFEST and MOST PREPARED region in the nation.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, click here to sign up. There is an orientation session on Thursday, September 23, 6-8pm in Buttrick 302.

Questions? Please contact Nila Manandhar and Fayrisa Greenwald.

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Disaster can strike at a moment’s notice…

Middle Tennessee is vulnerable to a number of disaster threats including:

  • Tornadoes
  • Flood (Wolf Creek Dam)
  • Earthquakes (New Madrid Fault Line)
  • Chemical spills
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Pandemic

The Goal

The Nashville Area Red Cross seeks to train a reserve corps of 10,000 volunteers NOW so that Middle Tennessee is prepared when disaster strikes.

Disaster Response Areas for Training

Volunteers are trained in one or more of the eight disaster response functions listed below:

  • Individual Client Services
  • Mass Care
  • Partner Services
  • Damage Assessment and Financial Reporting
  • Logistics
  • Volunteer Staffing Services
  • Fundraising and Communications
  • Technology

Prepare Now

Join the 10,000 and prepare yourself, your family, your workforce, and your community for potential disaster.