Disaster Action Team Member Respond to local disaster scenes to meet the needs of those affected by disasters such as providing shelter and food and other Red Cross services.
Most of the 60,000 emergencies that the Red Cross responds to each year are local, personal disasters like home fires. They may not make the news, but we know they are just as devastating to the families affected. Trained and available, Disaster Action Team volunteers are ready to respond to these emergencies, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. From offering a shoulder to cry on, to meeting any immediate needs for shelter or supplies, to connecting people with long term recovery services, our volunteers ensure that families don’t have to face tough times alone.
Disaster Action Team volunteers help local families cope with emergencies.
Home fires and other disasters can occur any time, any place. As a Disaster Action Team volunteer, you’ll provide emotional support, financial assistance, and information to help families begin the process of recovery. After your initial training, your shifts will include responding to emergencies within 2 hours, night or day, rain or shine, either on the scene or coordinating remotely to provide immediate compassion and care. With experience and further training you can take on leadership and response coordination roles to have a wider impact. At the same time, you’ll be developing skills that you may choose to apply to larger-scale disaster response efforts with the Red Cross.
Ready to Make a Difference? Here's How to Get Started!
Go to redcross.org/volunteer to complete our online application. It takes less than 10 minutes!
A member of our team will get in touch. Taking the time for a personal conversation enables us to match you with a role that will be both meaningful and enjoyable.
We’ll provide all necessary training to ensure you can be successful in your volunteer role.
REQUIRED TRAINING * Orientation to the American Red Cross * On the job Disaster Services Training, Psychological First Aid, and others * Able to respond reliably when scheduled to be on call * Must have a valid driver's license and/or a timely, reliable way to get to the scene.
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The American Red Cross Central California Region serves over 4.2 million residents throughout 11 counties: Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura.
Boots on the Ground -- Your role could be to respond to home fires and other emergencies in your community, conduct in-home smoke alarm installation and fire safety education visits, or working in a wildfire shelter providing safe accommodations.
Instructor/Presenter positions to deliver education programs focused on preparedness, disasters and how to "Be Red Cross Ready" to adults and youth.
Client Facing Help Our Clients - Your role could be working with a family after a home fire, helping people locate loved ones after a war or natural disaster, or assisting military families with emergency communications and other services. This work can be emotionally draining but also deeply satisfying as you provide aid and comfort in someone’s time of need.
Lead the Way - "Leadership" volunteers guide our efforts, inspire our volunteers and hold us accountable to the highest standards. Your role could be to lead a small team of fellow volunteers, act as an advisor to a Red Cross Club for youth, or joining our Board of Directors.
Tell the Red Cross Story - Communications & Outreach volunteers educate the public about Red Cross services and stories in your community. Your role could be to represent the Red Cross at community events, work with your local media, or tell Red Cross stories through marketing, social media, or photography.