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Dispatcher

The Red Cross responds to small and large disasters. Locally, the Disaster Action Team (DAT) responds about 100 times a year, mostly to home or apartment fires. When a home or apartment building burns, DAT volunteers assist residents with many of the same services provided to clients affected by floods, tornadoes, and other disasters.

Dispatchers ensure appropriate and timely response to disaster calls and provide off-site guidance to responding DAT members. They receive disaster calls from the Red Cross switchboard and activate trained volunteers to respond to each disaster. Dispatchers serve as off-site point of contact for responders and trainees throughout responses and assist responders with referrals and hotel selection as needed during responses.

This might be a great fit for you have day or evening hours available, as on-call shifts take place during both daytime and nighttime hours. You will be behind the scenes coordinating volunteers and information, and that works best if you have strong communication skills and are comfortable with technology. Minimum commitment of 2 on-call shifts* per month required. (*On-call shifts vary in length.)

 

Need Type: Volunteer
This Need is ongoing