The Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is in need of Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers for Oneida, Herkimer and Otsego counties. DAT volunteers respond to local incidents such as house fires and floods and help the people who were affected by the disasters.
DAT volunteers respond to the scene of a disaster and work with fire department and law enforcement officials to identify the residents who have been displaced from their homes. The volunteers provide the displaced residents with immediate assistance, including temporary lodging, food, clothing, replacement medication, and other necessities.
DAT volunteers also provide mental health counseling and referrals to the proper agencies that help the residents with their recovery.
“Our DAT volunteers at the heart of what we do, which is offer comfort to people when they need it most,” said Jennifer Balog, Community Chapter Executive of the Mohawk Valley Chapter. “Our volunteers give people hope that all is not lost.”
DAT volunteers work either a day shift (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or a night shift (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) for a full week, once a month. From July through April of this year, Mohawk Valley DAT volunteers responded to 78 disasters, helping 349 people from 130 families in Oneida, Herkimer and Otsego counties.
To learn more about becoming a DAT volunteer, contact Rich Hajeris, Senior Manager of Emergency Services for the American Red Cross Central New York Region, at (315) 719-3207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To become a DAT volunteer or learn more about other Red Cross volunteer opportunities, visit the volunteer page and complete the online application.