Disaster Action Team
The American Red Cross Seward County Disaster
Action Team (DAT) is an integral part of the service delivery unit's disaster
preparedness mission. The DAT serves as the unit's first-on-the-scene response
in disaster situations. Through its preparedness program, the Red Cross
maintains its capability to take immediate action to provide emergency
assistance to any number of people affected by disaster or the threat of
The Seward County unit is organized and ready 24-hours-a-day to place trained
volunteers at the scene of a disaster and to provide immediate assistance to
people who need it most across Seward and Lancaster counties, or to assist on
national disaster assignments.
The Disaster Action Team performs the following
DAT volunteers have an opportunity to join the
national Disaster Services Human Resources (DSHR) system. DSHR relief workers
gain additional experience and develop expertise in specific service areas such
as Mass Care, Disaster Mental Health, Family Services, Records and Reports,
Shelter Management, etc. Assignments may be local, regional or national in scope
and take place across the United States and its territories.
- Meets the immediate and most urgent needs of
disaster victims such as shelter, food, clothes, medications and other
health-related services. DAT members may open a temporary shelter or may
house victims in available community shelters or commercial facilities. When
victims leave the scene of a disaster, the Red Cross makes every effort to
contact them to determine if their needs have been met.
- Develops relationships and makes contacts with
appropriate authorities at the scene of a disaster to coordinate Red Cross
actions with those of the police department, the fire department, civil
defense and other agencies.
- Makes an appraisal of the total disaster
situation and compiles a damage assessment report for chapter
- Determines the need for Red Cross services and
support beyond the team's capability and relays this information to chapter
To find out more on becoming a member of the
American Red Cross Seward County Disaster Action Team, call (402) 646-2150.