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Help your neighbor in their greatest time of need! Join the Red Cross Disaster Action Team!

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American Red Cross Pacific Coast Chapter, CA


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Published 3 months ago

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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! 

  1. Go to redcross.org/volunteer to complete our online application. It takes less than 10 minutes! 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 

 

Once trained may remain active as long as desired 

 

One year, renewable 

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…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location

Location

Santa Barbara, CA

How to Apply

Volunteer Application Guide

How to become a Red Cross Volunteer

STEP 1 - CREATE A RED CROSS ID

Go to www.redcross.org/volunteer

Click "Find My Volunteer Opportunity”

Recommended: Take the Volunteer Role Finder Quiz Click on "Apply Now" and browse volunteer opportunities Complete the required fields to create your Red Cross ID

               2 - CONFIRM YOUR ACCOUNT

Fill in your contact information and click "Continue to Verify Contact Info" at the bottom of the page.

Choose how you would like to receive your confirmation code: via text or email and click "Send Me the Code".

   3 - POLICY AGREEMENT

Click on each of the four links to the documents to read and agree to Red Cross Policies.

After you complete this step, click the red “Continue to Background Check” button.

 4 - BACKGROUND CHECK

Upload a picture of your valid ID by clicking on the link to upload and select the file from your device. Click the red “Continue to Background Check” button.

Check and click on the links to read the required consent form. Click the red “Authorize Background Check” button.

Enter your Social Security Number in the box that appears, then click "Finish". You will then be brought to the home screen.

  

Once you finish your application, you will be contacted for a “Get to Know You” Interview.

Have Questions?

Contact us at jennifer.samaritan@redcross.org or Or call Jen at 805.350.8364

Volunteer Application Guide

How to become a Red Cross Volunteer

STEP 1 - CREATE A RED CROSS ID

Go to www.redcross.org/volunteer

Click "Find My Volunteer Opportunity”

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