Disaster Relief

  • Serving food from a Red Cross disaster vehicle
Central New York - About DAT

The Disaster Action Team (DAT) responds to local residential emergencies and disasters such as fire. They are volunteers trained in administering to the needs of victims of disasters. Red Cross assistance typically may include temporary emergency shelter, and financial assistance for food and replacement clothing and replacement medication and emotional support.

Volunteers are always needed and those interested should contact the Director of Volunteers at (315) 234-2200 at the American Red Cross of Central New York Chapter.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/ny/syracuse or follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/American-Red-Cross-of-Central-New-York/287203364579?ref=ts or Twitter at @RedCrossCNY.

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Disaster Response

Red Cross volunteers are the first to the scene of a disaster and provide immediate relief assistance, such as shelter, food, and clothing, to people displaced as a result of a disaster, as well as follow-up services in the wake of a disaster.

There are many areas of service within the Red Cross Disaster Response service area, each an invaluable asset in time of disaster or emergency. During your volunteer orientation, you will receive information about what is required for training and the needed level of commitment for the Disaster Response Team. Each team within Disaster Response requires different levels of training and availability – so be sure to consider your time constraints when selecting a Disaster Response area to pursue.

Should you be short on time, but long in expertise or passion - please explore the Volunteer Opportunities in Other Service Areas where you can make a difference!

Disaster Service Teams Include:

  • Disaster Action Team Members (DAT)
  • Client Casework Volunteers
  • Health Services Volunteers
  • Mental Health Services
  • Shelter Operation Volunteers
  • Partner Services Volunteers
  • Staff Services Volunteers
  • Disaster Assessment Volunteers
  • Ready to begin?

    Get started today by following the New Volunteer Sign-Up steps online!

    If you are a registered volunteer interested in expanding the ways you contribute to the Red Cross, call (315) 234-2200 or email rebecca.snow@redcross.org.