DCS: Disaster Response

DCS: Disaster Response

The Disaster Response position is to provide food, shelter, comfort and care for families affected by major disasters such as fire, hurricanes and tornadoes.

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Locations

Aitkin County,Anoka County,Beltrami County,Benton County,Big Stone County,Blue Earth County,Brown County,Carlton County,Carver County,Cass County,Central Minnesota Chapter,Chippewa County,Chisago County,Clearwater County,Cook County,Cottonwood County,Crow Wing County,Dakota County,Dodge County,Douglas County,Douglas County, WI,Faribault County,Fillmore County,Freeborn County,Goodhue County,Grant County,Hennepin County,Hubbard County,Isanti County,Itasca County,Jackson County,Kanabec County,Kandiyohi County,Koochiching County,Lac qui Parle County,Lake County,Lake of the Woods County,Le Sueur County,Lincoln County,Lyon County,Mahnomen County,Martin County,McLeod County,Meeker County,Mille Lacs County,Morrison County,Mower County,Murray County,Nicollet County,Nobles County,Northern Minnesota Chapter,Olmsted County,Pine County,Pipestone County,Pope County,Ramsey County,Redwood County,Renville County,Rice County,Rock County,Roseau County,Scott County,Sherburne County,Sibley County,Southeast Minnesota Chapter,Southwest Minnesota Chapter,St. Louis County,Stearns County,Steele County,Stevens County,Swift County,Todd County,Traverse County,Twin Cities Area Chapter,Virtual (Region Wide),Wabasha County,Wadena County,Waseca County,Washington County,Watonwan County,Winona County,Wright County,Yellow Medicine County

Key Responsibilities

Examples of positions that fall within our Disaster Response are:** Please note not every position may be available **

  • Disaster Action Team: Disaster Action Team members 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. In Minnesota, we respond annually to nearly 500 house fires, so this is the most typical type of disaster response, but we also respond to flooding, tornadoes and other weather events.
  • Disaster Duty Officer: When there is a disaster in our region, the first call for help is answered by our Duty Officers. They mobilize and support a team of volunteers, known as disaster action team members, who respond to requests for disaster assistance. This role requires strong communication and computer skills, but it is one that can be done from your home. They coordinate client assistance, public affairs support, and any health or mental health resources that may be requested. Duty Officers are the hub of communication in the event we scale up to a larger disaster response and they are available 24/7 to coordinate disaster assistance and support our volunteers.
  • Mass Care: Mass Care provides activities and services on a congregate basis to the community as a whole including feeding, sheltering, reunification, and distribution of emergency supplies.
  • Logistics: This position is responsible for the execution of the logistics program within the region. This position will work on vehicle tracking, including the emergency response vehicles, acquisition of materials & supplies, inspections of facilities for potential shelters, inventory, and warehousing.
  • Information & Planning: Information and Planning is responsible for gathering assessment and operational data required for effective management of a response, including information about the scope of the disaster and the effectiveness of the response. The data compiled by Information and Planning supports reports to donors about the effective use of the resources they have provided to the Red Cross.

Time Commitment

Flexible, depending on role within position

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