DCS: Disaster Health Services Team Member

DCS: Disaster Health Services Team Member

This position supports the Regional Disaster Cycle Services department. Disaster Health Services Responders provide disaster health care by meeting the disaster related health needs of clients and providing support to other volunteers.

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Erie County Office,Greater Akron and Mahoning Valley Chapter Office (Summit),Heartland, Stark & Muskingum Lakes Chapter Office (Stark),Lorain County Office,Mahoning County Office,Monroe County Office,North Central Ohio Chapter Office (Hancock) ,Northeast Ohio Chapter Office (Cuyahoga),Ottawa County Office,Putnam County Office,Tuscarawas County Office,Wayne County Office,Western Lake Erie Chapter Office (Lucas)

Key Responsibilities

  1. Participation in chapter preparedness activities
  2. Support to the DAT response, shelter operations, emergency aid stations, outreach activities, and casework and recovery planning during a disaster relief operation.



  • Willingness to comply with Red Cross COVID-19 policies for in-person volunteer activities. 
  • This position supports the Regional Disaster Cycle Services department.
  • Active and unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Nurse, Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, Physician Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic , Retired RN/LPN/LVN if the state in which the license is granted allows for full scope of practice for the volunteer.
  • Must meet training requirement for Disaster Health Services Service Associate
  • RC Care access



  • Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview
  • RC Care: Individual Disaster Care Curriculum
  • Concept of Operations Basics
  • Deployment Fundamentals
  • Psychological First Aid: Helping Others in Times of Stress
  • Everyone is Welcome
  • Mission Cards - Cardholder Overview
  • Disaster Health Services Fundamentals 1
  • Disaster Health Services Fundamentals 2
  • Disaster Health Services Simulation
  • Red Cross Basic Life Support or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (American Heart Association)



  • Collaborating Essentials
  • Shelter Resident Transition for Those Working in a Shelter
  • Care Assistant Fundamentals
  • Basic Instructor Fundamentals
  • Staff Wellness Fundamentals
  • Mass Care: An Overview
  • Reunification Fundamentals
  • Shelter Fundamentals v2
  • Supervising the Disaster Workforce
  • Integrated Care Condolence Team Fundamentals
  • Mass Casualty Incident Response Basics
  • Disaster Action Team Fundamentals
  • Detailed Damage Assessment for Disaster Action Team Response Operations

Development Opportunities

Disaster Health Services Chapter Coordinator

Length of Appointment

Annual renewal with appropriate involvement and training

Time Commitment

2 weeks of on call within a 3 month period.  Cases assigned may extend past one call week, if needed.

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