The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Location: We have a need for more Disaster Action Team Members in three of our chapters:
Southeast Minnesota Chapter ( Rice County - LeSuer County - Waseca County - Fillmore County - Olmsted County )
Southwest Minnesota Chapter ( Martin County - Marshall Area - Watonwan County - Blue Earth County - Nicollet County - McLoed Countty - Worthington Area -Redwood / Renville )
Central Minnesota Chapter: ( St Cloud - Alexandria )
Purpose: 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.
Commit to complete appropriate training. Become familiar with the policies, regulations and procedures for local disaster response and service.
After training is complete: DAT Trainee/Responder's promptly respond to local disasters while on shifts; collaborate with DAT Dispatcher on phone. Accurately and thoroughly complete field paperwork during responses.
Choose your availability on an availability and rotation schedule. Minimum 4 shifts/month.
Demonstrated commitment to the mission of the American Red Cross
Be able to follow region/chapter and current Red Cross disaster guidance
18 years of age or older
Access to reliable vehicle (mileage is not reimbursed) transportation; valid driver's license
Access to reliable cell phone
Ability to work under adverse conditions
Ability to record information clearly, accurately, and thoroughly
Ability to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds
DAT Trainees- Approximately 6 hours of online and in-person training. Trainees will need a minimum of 3 DAT responses before they are moved up to a DAT Responder.
To Apply for this position please email Angie.Roske@redcross.org or go to redcross.org/volunteer to begin the application process