In the Central Valley, the Red Cross responds to nearly three home fires A DAY. That’s three families a day that have nowhere to go. You can be the person they turn to when they have lost everything. We need people like you to join our team!
Join us to answer the call when your neighbors need help
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.
The Disaster Action Team (DAT) serves as the first, on-the-scene, Red Cross contact at the site of a disaster. While not considered first responders in the technical sense, DAT members are typically the first people at a disaster scene who provide comfort and direct assistance to help those who have been affected as they begin the recovery process. When disaster strikes, DAT members are generally dispatched in teams of two to three people: an experienced DAT Responder and one or more DAT members in training.
Specific responsibilities include:
Conducting damage assessments of affected dwellings and determining habitability
Initiating casework to ensure that people have shelter, food and clothing to meet immediate needs after a disaster
Supporting the "Mass Care" function, including assisting with feeding and shelter operations for larger scale disaster responses
Qualifications: * 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
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.
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.
Types of volunteer opportunities may include:
Boots on the Ground -- Your role could be to respond to home fires and other emergencies in your community, conduct in-home smoke alarm installations, 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.
Working behind the Scenes positions include Keep the Red Cross Running -- Your role could be administrative/office support, scheduling shifts for your fellow volunteers, or logistics management to ensure disaster relief operations have the necessary supplies and equipment.
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 support local Red Cross services by joining an advisory board or the Board of Directors.
Tell the Red Cross Story -- Communications & Outreach volunteers educate the public about Red Cross services and stories in your community. By getting our message out, you'll educate people in need about how we can help, while attracting volunteers and donors to the mission.
You can make a difference today at by becoming a volunteer at redcross.org/volunteer