DAT: Disaster Action Team

By: Courtney McIntosh, Communications Intern

The American Red Cross helps all kinds of people and situations. One of the groups within the Red Cross is the DAT: Disaster Action Team. This team specializes in deploying volunteers to local residential emergencies and disasters.


I recently was able to take the Diaster Action Team orientation at the Racine, WI office. This orienation briefed the volunteers about how a DAT operates and what they do for victims of disaters such a tornadoes, fires, and floods. A DAT member is trained to administer basic need of victims; These needs might include:

  • temporary emergency shelter
  • financial assistance
    • food, clothing replacement, medication replacement
  • emotional support 

The DAT team is a direct help to the community that offers instant relief in several different ways for the victim. This team unites and helps our neighbors in the time of disaster and crisis.

Volunteers are always needed and welcome! If interested in volunteering with the Red Cross, please visit http://www.redcross.org/wi/milwaukee/volunteer/apply

One Response

  1. My first time being dispatched as a DAT member was to the train derailment in Slinger and helping residents at the Slinger elementary school who were effected. I got a first hand lesson in what The Red Cross does. Truly a remarkable experience.

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