Help Respond to Local Disasters!: DCS: OPS - DAT Southwest


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


105 Homestead RoadMankato, MN 56001


Become trained to become a Disaster Action Team (DAT) Trainee or a Disaster Action Team Dispatcher. Once trained you will respond to local disasters, most often house or apartment fires. DAT Trainees will respond to local disasters providing immediate on-scene response to local and large-scale disasters with an experienced DAT Member. Dispatcher's provide off-site support to DAT members during local responses with the goal of mobilizing a team of volunteers to respond within 2 hours and maintaining positive rapport and open lines of communications with fellow DAT members.

Choose your availability on an availability and rotation schedule. Minimum 4 shifts/month.


DAT Trainees- Approximately 6 hours of online and in-person training.⦆ Trainees will need a minimum of 3 DAT responese before they are moved up to a DAT Responder.

Dispatchers⦆- Approximately 6 hours of online and in-person training

• Orientation to the American Red Cross
• Disaster Cycle Services Overview
• Recovery Services: An Overview
• Casework and Recovery Planning Fundamentals
• Direct Client Assistance Fundamentals
• CAS: Overview video (Recommended)
• CAS: Creating a case video (Recommended)
• CAS: Recovery Planning Video (Recommended)
• Psychological First Aid (Recommended)


Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • 1 year minimum, renewable.⦆Once trained may remain active as long as required training is updated. D

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