John Guandolo is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp who served in the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines as an infantry platoon commander throughout Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He also spent close to 20 years working for the FBI as a counterterrorism specialist. Apart from his professional duties, John Guandolo contributes to a number of charitable causes, including volunteering with the American Red Cross.
The mission of the American Red Cross is to alleviate human suffering and provide aid through disaster relief for emergencies like home fires, weather-related disasters, and rescue missions. The Red Cross offers its volunteers several training courses, such as the disaster training program, to help prepare for rescue and relief efforts. Participants who complete the training receive certification that verifies their readiness for disaster response. Other categories of training help prepare volunteers to respond to issues like post-disaster mental health, allowing responders to obtain the necessary credentials to provide mental health services in the wake of a traumatic disaster. Similarly, nursing students are offered a web course on topics like public health in times of an epidemic and sheltering for victims, training nursing staff responders to provide efficient, thorough services in their communities in the event of a disaster.