Central CA: Disaster Action Team

Central CA: Disaster Action Team

Every day people are forced from their homes due to fires, storms and other disasters. Single- and multi-family fires account for 90% of disaster responses. They may not make the news, but we know they are just as devastating to the families affected. You can be part of a team that helps and responds to over 60,000 emergencies every year. From offering a caring and compassionate ear, to meeting the disaster-caused needs of individuals and households, such as lodging and clothing, and connecting them with long term recovery services, our volunteers ensure that families don’t have to face tough times alone

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Fresno,Inyo,Kern,Kings,Madera,Mariposa,Mono,San Luis Obispo,Santa Barbara,Tulare,Ventura

Key Responsibilities

As a Disaster Action Team volunteer, you’ll provide emotional support, financial assistance, and information to help families begin the process of recovery after a home fire.

  • Responding to emergencies within 2 hours either on the scene or coordinating remotely to provide immediate compassion and care
  • Ensure those affected have access to necessities such as food, shelter, and clothing
  • Document services provided

Time Commitment

Monthly commitment that varies based on county

Development Opportunities

With experience and further training you can take on leadership and response coordination roles to have a wider impact. At the same time, you’ll be developing skills that you may choose to apply to larger-scale disaster response efforts with the Red Cross.


  • Able to respond reliably when scheduled to be on call
  • Must have a valid driver's license and/or a timely, reliable way to get to the scene.
  • Desire to work in the community
  • Ability to show initiative, communicate and work well with others
  • Flexible; easily adapt to surroundings and tasks
  • Ability to interact effectively with culturally diverse audiences
  • This work requires access to a phone and computer.
  • Able to be sensitive to others and personally work well in stressful situations

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