*LOCAL - DCS: Disaster Action Team Trainee - Long Island Chapter

*LOCAL - DCS: Disaster Action Team Trainee - Long Island Chapter

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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Locations

Nassau County,Suffolk County

Key Responsibilities

  • Works as part of an assigned team to respond to local disasters within two hours.
  • Delivers immediate direct client assistance in accordance with Red Cross standards and procedures.
  • Works with on-scene 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.
  • Commits to being available during assigned shifts and communicate scheduling conflicts with DAT Leadership.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by DAT Leadership.

Qualifications

 

Required:

  • 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, including RC Respond 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

 Ability 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

Training

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

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

Time Commitment

Long Island Local Requirements:

All DAT members are required to sign up for no less than four (4) six-hour shifts per month

There are 12 Disaster Action Team Squads: 

  • Squad 1(Nassau) and Squad 2(Suffolk) cover M-F 8:30AM-4:30PM all month.
  • Squad 2-6(Nassau) and Squad 8-12(Suffolk) cover 4:30PM to 8:30AM (and 8:30AM-4:30PM on weekends)

DAT members are encouraged to do their 4 on-call shifts during their squad’s ‘coverage days.’ If unable to, DAT Members are encouraged to pick-up shifts throughout the month to fulfill their commitment.

 

Updated: 1-16-19/SW

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