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Disaster Action Team
The information contained on this page is to be utilized only by members of the DAT, and also ONLY for purposes related to DAT activities.
You may wish to "bookmark" this page on your computer, so you can come directly here.

If you have any questions about anything on this page, or if you see changes that need to be made, please contact Harry Corpening by clicking here ( * ) .

10 DAT Volunteers participated in a FEMA Training Exercise on November 13, 2004.
Click here ( * ) to see pictures and learn what took place.
Red Cross DAT Volunteers are asked to fill out a lot of forms (when dealing with clients). This webpage will have instructions for most of these forms.
The forms for which instructions have been written up follow. Click on the form you wish to learn about. (It will pay to go to the Chapter, and get a sample form, you you will have one to look at as you read the instructions).
* 901 form
Useful Contact Information:
Red Cross Chapter: 724-0511

Answering Service: 659-5700

Bob Cox's cell phone: 416-0321
Bob Cox's e-mail address: BCox103825@aol.com

Bill Mangan's e-mail address: william.mangan@nwnc-redcross.org

Margaret Turner's e-mail address: margaret.turner@nwnc-redcross.org

Nell Turner's e-mail address: nell.turner@nwnc-redcross.org

DAT Training Information:
Many of you have raised questions about available training classes that will prepare you to perform your function as a Disaster Services volunteer for the American Red Cross. In addition to serving on a Disaster Action Team (DAT), there are twenty-two different disaster relief functions within DSHR (Disaster Services Human Resources), from Accounting to Training, in which you can serve. Some of these, such as Mass Care, have multiple tracks. Most of the functions/tracks have as many as seven different positions from Technician to Officer. Each position within each function and track has specific training and experience requirements that must be fulfilled in order for a volunteer to be promoted to that position. The positions most of our volunteers fulfill are in the Mass Care function.
To be able to go out on a call with one of our local DAT teams, all you have to do is get signed up as a volunteer, and pick up your Red Cross vest. The other DAT team members and the Team Leader will show you what to do. (Once you have replied to a call or two, and hence have proven to yourself that this is something you like doing (...and also proven to the DAT leadership that you will in fact respond to calls when called out): you will be issued a pager (at no cost to you) which will allow you to nr paged when needed to repond to a call.

If you would like to know how to fill out the forms utilized by the team (when out on a call): in the Receptionist's Office at the Chapter, under the key box (that holds keys to the ERV's and the Suburban), there is a stack of typed/stapled "pamphlets" that show how to fill out each and every blank on every form used by the DAT. You are welcomed and encouraged to go by and take one of these home with you. By reading through this, you will get a fairly good idea of what type of information is being sought after, and what type of help DAT volunteers are able to offer our clients.

However, to become more informed as to the specific policies and procedures followed by the DAT teams, the classes offered for a volunteer on a local Disaster Action Team are listed below

Required (hopefully within your first year as a volunteer):
a.. Introduction to Disaster Services
b.. First Aid Certificate
c.. FSEA - Family Services: Providing Emergency Assistance

a.. DAI - Damage Assessment I
b.. MCI - Mass Care I: An Overview
c.. SO - Shelter Operations
d.. ERVT - ERV Training (i.e, learning to drive the Emergency Response Vehicle)

If a Red Cross shelter were to be opened in this county, you as a DAT volunteer would be asked to help out. However, as is done with the other DAT activities: so that you would know the specific policies and practices followed when the Red Cross opens a shelter, the courses that are offered that would allow you to be certiified as a Mass Care Food Preparation Track Technician are:

a.. Introduction to Disaster Services
b.. First Aid Certificate
c.. MCI - Mass Care: An Overview
d.. SO - Shelter Operations

a.. SDC - Serving the Diverse Community
b.. SOS - Shelter Operations Simulation
c.. ERVT - ERV Training

The procedure to locate and sign up for classes is as follows:
a.. Interested volunteers should contact Margaret Turner, Bill Mangan's Assistant, by clicking here ( * ) .
b.. She and you will review your interests and goals as a Disaster Services volunteer.
c.. She will review the DSHR criteria for the position(s) in which you are interested, identify the classes needed for promotion into that position, and review the N. C. quarterly training schedule to locate availability of those classes.
d.. This information will be given to you. It will include dates, location, and contact phone numbers to register for the class(es).
e.. With the information that has been provided, you will contact the N. C. American Red Cross chapter that is sponsoring each class and register for the class.
f.. Upon completion of the class you will receive a certificate.
h.. Please mail a copy of the certificate to her so that she can keep our records current.

Introduction to Disaster Services is available in video. Please contact Margaret Turner (724-0511)to check out this video.

First Aid Training is provided by Health and Safety Services at our local chapter. Contact them at 724-0511 to register for one of these classes that is offered frequently.

Please contact Margaret for more specifics on anything mentioned here, or to learn more about other functions/tracks within DSHR.

For the current list of DAT related courses being taught throughout the state (for this quarter of the year)...
...click here ( * ).
(and then click on

Remember that if you are DSHR certified or working toward that goal....and/or will drive an ERV, you must also take the "55 ALIVE DEFENSIVE DRIVING" class by February 28, 2003. The Red Cross will reimburse the fee if you are DSHR certified.


We are in the process of updating our training records. Remember to always send Nell Turner or Margaret Turner a copy of your course certificate when you complete a Red Cross course or a defensive driving course.


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