(RP) Disaster Action Team (DAT) Trainee - All Boroughs - NYC

(RP) Disaster Action Team (DAT) Trainee - All Boroughs - NYC

To serve on a Disaster Action Team as a worker (in-training) on a DAT response to provide 24-hour immediate support and assistance to individuals and families who have been impacted by a home fire or other local disaster.

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Bronx,Brooklyn (Kings County),Manhattan (New York County),Queens,Richmond County (Staten Island)

Key Responsibilities

The DAT Trainee is the entry level position for the DAT program. As part of the DAT training program, the DAT Trainee will respond to local disasters and successfully complete assigned training.

  1. Works as part of an assigned team to respond to local disasters within two hours.
  2. Follows the direction of on-scene team leader to support the response.
  3. Completes all required training to become a DAT Service Associate within 6 months.
  4. Attends regularly scheduled volunteer/DAT meetings as required by Chapter/Region.
  5. Communicates availability to DAT Coordinator on a regular basis.
  6. Other responsibilities as assigned by the DAT leadership.


  • Commitment to the mission of the American Red Cross.
  • Able to respond reliably when on call.
  • Able to follow Red Cross DAT 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.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.

Time Commitment

This is a leadership role with volunteers committing toward a supervisory position.

1 year commitment necessary due to training and mentorship requirements. Volunteer will be supported in achieving important milestones at each stage of development, i.e. 3 month, 6 month and 1 year.

COVID-19 Commitment:

  • During training: 15 hours of online training; three-to-four 90-minute training sessions with a manger
  • Must complete all online training within 3 months
  • After training: Minimum one 8-hour virtual shift per week
  • 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM OR 8:00 PM – 8:00 AM
  • Must be proactive in signing up for weekly shifts

Post-COVID-19 Commitment:

  • Willingness to take on leadership role.
  • Additional training to learn field response
  • Two 8-hour shifts per month
  • Volunteer comes into NYC Chapter HQ and is dispatched from there. Shift times below:
  • 6:00am – 2:00pm
  • 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • 12:00pm – 8:00pm
  • 2:00pm – 10:00pm
  • 5:00pm – 1:00am
  • 10:00pm – 6:00am

Development Opportunities

DAT Service Associate, DAT Supervisor, DAT Manager, DAT Coordinator, DAT Duty Officer, Recovery Caseworker, Mass Care related positions

Length of Appointment

1 Year plus


AT Supervisor, DAT Manager, DAT Service Associate, DAT Coordinator


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

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