The American Red Cross of East Tennessee prepares for and responds to disasters in 13 counties 24/7 through its Disaster Action Team (D.A.T.). Always on call, D.A.T. volunteers provide disaster relief to meet the emergency needs of victims of house fires, storms, tornadoes, floods, transportation accidents, and man-made disasters. Assistance needed by victims is evaluated by case workers and may include shelter, food, clothing, emotional support, household furnishings, prescriptions medication and other critically needed items.
After an initial call from the fire department, disaster victim, family member or friend, Red Cross D.A.T. members respond to disasters in teams of two or more people on a 24-hour a day basis, seven days a week. D.A.T. members assist disaster victims with emergency and long-term needs: The team evaluates the extent of damage to determine how much assistance the victims will need.
Victims are given the means to obtain essential items such as food and clothing, basic household appliances and furnishings, and medical and occupational supplies that are lost or destroyed in the disaster.
During a large disaster, temporary shelters may be set up to provide disaster victims with a place to stay.
Hundreds of meals may be served at one time to shelter occupants as well as emergency workers including firemen, power company workers, rescue workers and police.
The D.A.T. has specially trained members who also provide disaster victims with emotional support in the face of their tragedy.
To find out more or to volunteer call (865) 584-2999 or email: Naomi.email@example.com.