Purpose: Assist the American Red Cross in delivering our mission by alleviating human suffering caused by disaster.
- Provide timely response to disasters and assist those affected.
- Respond to disaster scenes as assigned by Dispatcher within two hours.
- Meet the needs of those affected by disasters such as the need for shelter and food by providing Red Cross services.
- Complete forms related to service.
- Provide referrals to other agencies.
- Communicate to Team Leader about availability and readiness on a regular basis.
- Minimum of 24 hours per month (3 shifts in 8-hour blocks, 6 shifts in 4-hour blocks, one 24-hr block, etc).
- These shifts are "oncall" meaning that during any given shift you are scheduled for, you must be ready to respond should you be called to a disaster scene, most of which are home fires. Example: In a given month, you select to be oncall for 3 shifts of 8-hour blocks. You may be called zero times, or you may be called three or more times, depending on the number of fires in the area during your shift. But you have to be ready to respond.
- Flexible, as you can choose your own shifts throughout a given month.
- Has access to reliable transportation
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
- Demonstrated commitment to the mission of the American Red Cross.
- Be able to follow chapter guidance and current Red Cross disaster guidance.
Relationships:Work with the Disaster Services Workforce in the chapter/region including other Disaster Responders and the Disaster Action Team Leader.
Length of Appointment:Once trained, may remain active as long as required training is updated. DAT membership will be evaluated and renewed yearly based on performance.
- Be a valued member of a Red Cross service that alleviates human suffering.
- Enhance personal organizational and leadership skills.
- Make a positive impact on clients' lives.
- Receive training in Red Cross disaster response skills.
- Disaster Services: An Overview
- Additional training and instruction (both online and in-person) provided depending on chosen activity.
- Oakland, MD, US 21550
- Grantsville, MD, US 21536
- Frostburg, MD, US 21532
- Cumberland, MD, US 21502
- Hagerstown, MD, US 21740
- Frederick, MD, US 21701
- Mount Airy, MD, US 21771
- Westminster, MD, US 21157
Duration:3 months or longer
Time commitment:Occasional (weekly or monthly)
Times of day:Mornings Afternoons Evenings Late nights
Days of week:Weekdays Weekends
Extra details:Training provided