Volunteer opportunity description

Do you want to impact the lives of clients after a disaster? Disaster Action Team is looking for you! Become a Disaster Action Team (DAT) Trainee to impact the lives of clients after a disaster!

These volunteers are on the scene providing emergency care and comfort to both victims and emergency workers for everything from single-family fires to state-wide hurricanes. Disaster Action Teams are available 24 hours a day, helping families and individuals get back on their feet after a major or minor natural disaster


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 the 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.

Time Commitment:

NYC Local Qualifications: 

  • Must be 18 or above
  • Driver's License REQUIRED with ability to drive vehicles up to 8 passenger vans and the ability to drive during the day or night
  • When fully trained, volunteers are encouraged to mentor and train others
  • In addition to home borough, should be willing to respond to disasters in every borough in NYC
  • Comfortable climbing stairs, working in a potentially dark, smoky and/or damp environment
  • Awareness that volunteer may be exposed to extreme or distressing situations

Manhattan Time Commitment: 

  • Minimum of two eight-hour shifts per month
  • Priority for Sunday (all day) and weekday evenings (5p-1a or 6p – 12a) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.

Bronx/Brooklyn Time Commitment:

  • Minimum of two eight-hour shifts per month Will need to come into chapter HQ once a week, Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm, until the end of April 2019

Queens Time Commitment: 

  • Minimum of two eight-hour shifts per month Tuesday and Thursday nights, 5pm – 11pm
  • Other shifts may be available depending on need

Staten Island Time Commitment: 

  • Minimum of two eight-hour shifts per month
  • Will need to come into chapter HQ once a week, Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm


  • 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.

Express interest below! And be sure to ask about American Red Cross's other volunteer opportunities. 

If you have any question(s), please email us: recruitmentgny@redcross.org or call us at (646)875-8051


18+ and MUST have weekday availability during normal business hours 

Volunteers applying for in-person position assignments must be fully vaccinated (2+). 

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American Red Cross-Greater NY Region

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