*Disaster Action Team (DAT) - Disaster Response Volunteer

*Disaster Action Team (DAT) - Disaster Response Volunteer

Turn compassion into action, become a trained member of our Disaster Action Team (DAT)! Assist those affected by home fires and natural disasters through in-person responses to home fires and other disasters. Start locally and gain the skills to respond nationally.

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ARC of Central Indiana,ARC of Greater Indianapolis,ARC of Northeast Indiana,ARC of Northwest Indiana,ARC of Southeast Indiana,ARC of Southwest Indiana

Key Responsibilities

Disaster Action Teams (DAT) provide 24-hour emergency response to local disasters, particularly house fires, ensuring that those affected have access to resources for basic necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. This position is responsible for the tasks involved in the Disaster Action Team program including:

  • Works as part of an assigned team to respond to local disaster within two hours.
  • Has access to RC Care, our online case management system, and directly enters case data when meeting with those impacted. (mostly done virtually)
  • Works on-scene with lead to assess whether additional resources/support are required and communicates those needs to DAT Leadership.
  • Attends regularly scheduled team/DAT meetings as required by Chapter/Region. (meetings are currently virtual)
  • Commits to being available during assigned shifts and communicates scheduling conflicts with DAT Leadership.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by DAT Leadership.
In addition to DAT, there are several different response options for larger disaster relief operations. These involve statewide and nationwide opportunities. 


  • Demonstrated commitment to mission of the American Red Cross
  • Remains current with all required training.
  • Able to respond reliably when on call.
  • Able to follow Red Cross DAT and other related standards and procedures.
  • Ability to learn and use Red Cross systems and online interfaces.
  • Ability to work in challenging and stressful conditions such as poor air quality, uneven ground, adverse weather, etc.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and/or a timely, reliable way to get to the scene.
  • Ability to take direction from steady state and operational leadership.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.


Is able to:

  • Stand for two-hour periods
  • Sit for two-hour periods
  • Walk on uneven terrain
  • Walk for two miles during a shift
  • Work in extreme heat and/or humidity
  • Work in extreme cold
  • Spend hours writing
  • Speak clearly on the phone and in person
  • Climb two or more flights of stairs
  • Drive in daytime and at night


Time Commitment

Minimum requirement is 2 shifts per month, shifts being from 7a.m.-7p.m. or 7p.m.-7a.m. Volunteers are highly encouraged to sign up for more shifts as you can ensure coverage, strong engagement, and gain valuable learning experiences.

When a call comes in, volunteers are expected to meet the 2-hr response time. 

When larger disasters occur in-state such as floods, tornados, etc, there are opportunities for sustained support varying from 24hrs to multi-week response assignments. 

Out-of state deployments require a minimum assignment of two weeks (14 Days) working 12-14 hours per day. There are both in-person and virtual assignments that require the same general time commitment. 

Development Opportunities

Always room to grow in your role! There are opportunities for promotion within the local DAT team moving from Trainee to Service Associate to Supervisor. 

DAT is also a great entry to other disaster roles within specialized areas such as Logistics, Disaster Operations, Mass Care, Individual Client Services, External Relations, Governement or Community Partner Liaisons, Disaster Technology, Disability Integration, and/or Staff Relations.

In addition, there are opportunities for those currently holding credentials to support Health Services, Mental Health, and/or Spiritual Care.

Length of Appointment

Minimum of 6 months with the opportunity to renew based on performance. If unable to commit to a full 6 months, please reach out to RedCrossRecruitsIN@redcross.org


Works closely with all other DAT Members to ensure team goals are achieved. Relationships include DAT Manager, DAT Supervisor, DAT Coordinator, DAT Duty Officer, Fiscal Review Team, and other support positions as needed. 


Please note there is a minimum 10 hours of basic online training that must be completed within the first 90 days to continue in this role. Additional training opportunities exist for specific areas of specialization.

See the Disaster Responder Training Requirements document for current training requirements.

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