**DCS: Disaster Cycle Services - Response (Disaster Action Team)

**DCS: Disaster Cycle Services - Response (Disaster Action Team)

Become a member of the nationwide cadre of disaster workers trained to provide compassionate, responsive service to those impacted by disasters large and small. Disaster responders assist the Red Cross in delivering mission by alleviating human suffering caused by disasters, locally through participation as a Disaster Action Team member and nationally as a trained Disaster Responder. Through training/development and field experience, responders have an opportunity to serve large scale operations within a Region, Division or across the country.

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Ashtabula County Office,Erie County Office,Greater Akron and Mahoning Valley Chapter Office (Summit),Heartland, Stark & Muskingum Lakes Chapter Office (Stark),Lorain County Office,Mahoning County Office,Monroe County Office,North Central Ohio Chapter Office (Hancock) ,Northeast Ohio Chapter Office (Cuyahoga),Northwest Ohio Chapter Office (Lucas),Ottawa County Office,Putnam County Office,Tuscarawas County Office,Wayne County Office

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve in an on-call capacity to meet the immediate needs of those affected by disasters by providing timely, quality and compassionate service
  • Develop into both Steady State and Operational State (GAP)
  • Provide services in compliance with the Disaster Cycle Services Concept of Operations
  • Sign-up for shifts and answer the 'Call to Serve' when disasters strike
  • Attend team meetings and recognition events
  • Maintain active participation based on program expectations


  • Access to technology, including telephone and desktop/laptop computer in private/semi-private location
  • Working knowledge of general computer functions/program required
  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal required 
  • Willingness and ability to complete independent web-based and in-person training requirements
  • Ability to handle and maintain confidential/sensitive information
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of the America Red Cross
  • **AGE REQUIREMENT: Volunteers will not be eligible for the Disaster Action Team G/A/P until the age of 18. Regions will make every effort to find meaningful work in supportive roles (logistics, inventory, scheduling, etc.) for those under 18

Time Commitment

Engagement can be either Local, National or Both.


Local response commitment is based on availability and utilizes on-call schedule structure**, schedule determined by territory and will consist of minimum of 24 hours' worth of on call shifts each month. 


National response commitment** requires deployments of 14 consecutive days- when activated through national response network. 

*During COVID-19 Environment: Virtual platforms may be utilized as alternate service delivery method. 

Development Opportunities

  • Be a valued member of a Red Cross service that alleviates human suffering
  • Gain knowledge of community resources and agencies
  • Network with community partners
  • Enhance interpersonal, social service, personal organizational and leadership skills
  • Make a positive impact within your community and in people's lives.
  • Receive training in Red Cross disaster response skills

Length of Appointment

Once trained may remain active as long as required training is updated and engagement criteria met.


Collaborate/work with both Red Cross volunteers and employees, as well as with external partners, such as, first responders or emergency management.


  • Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview
  • Diversity Sensitivity and Awareness
  • Disaster Action Team Fundamentals
  • Disaster Action Team Curriculum and Operational Curriculum
Other appropriate training/development as needed for position

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