The Disaster Worker is a temporary position that a new disaster volunteer holds. While in this position, the volunteer completes a general training to begin their work in disaster services, explores various positions available, and develops a training plan to earn their desired position.
- Action Oriented: Enjoys working hard; is action oriented
and full of energy for the things that he/she sees as challenging.
- Good communication skills.
- The ability to follow and execute requests received from supervisor with little or no supervision.
- Adapt to change, negotiate compromise and tolerate ambiguity.
- Build effective relationships with others who can help with work-related goals.
Training Provided by the Red Cross:
- Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview.
- Everyone is Welcome.
- Shelter Fundamentals.
- Deployment Fundamentals.
- Orientation Session.
- Basic Food Safety (Recommended).
- Psychological First Aid (Recommended).
- Additional training is available across all service lines to orient volunteer to additional activities and opportunities within the Red Cross. With additional training there are opportunities for individual and leadership development to earn service GAPs, which are necessary for deploying on disasters.