Disaster Response Team Recruitment

Thank you for your interest in the DCARA’s Disaster Response Team, DRT!

The vital work of the DRT is made possible by people like you who contribute their unique backgrounds, talents and skill levels. Our needs change based on current events, adding flexibility to get you involved in an area that inspires you.

Many DRT volunteers share these life experiences and skills, such as team-oriented, availability and flexibility for at least 4-6 hours per week, bilingual, comfortable with ambiguity, empathetic and compassionate, disaster response experience, and can remain calm and patient during stressful situations. 

DCARA’s DRT volunteers help local families cope with emergencies.

Disasters or emergencies can occur anytime, any place.

As a DRT volunteer, you will search or contact Deaf* families, provide information to safe space shelters, emotional support, transportation assistance, financial assistance and information to help families begin the process of recovery. After your initial training, your shifts will include responding to emergencies within 2 hours, night or day, rain or shine, either on the scene or coordinating remotely to provide immediate compassion and care.

With experience and further training, you can take on leadership and response coordination roles to have a wider impact. At the same time, you will develop skills that you may choose to apply to larger-scale disaster response efforts with the DCARA’s DRT.

Key Responsibilities

The DRT Trainee is the entry-level position for the DRT program.

As part of the DRT training program, the DRT Trainee will respond to local disasters and successfully complete assigned training. 

  1. Works as part of an assigned team to respond to local disasters within two hours. 
  2. Follows the direction of the on-scene team leader to support the response.
  3. Completes all required training to become an official DRT volunteer within 6 months. 
  4. Communicates availability to DRT coordinator on a regular basis
  5. Other responsibilities as assigned by the DRT leadership
Training Requirements

DRT Fundamentals

  • DRT Fundamentals is a basic level course that introduces the guidelines and procedures for setting up, running and closing Emergency Operation Center (EOC) during a disaster. Referencing DRT checklists, participants will work on a case study that takes them through four of the six phases of the DRT Cycle: Opening, Organizing, Operating and Closing. DRT Fundamentals is available in two delivery formats, instructor-led and online. Both formats cover the same content.
  • Social Media – how to use vlogs, what to say, what to write and etc.
  • How to work with different organizations or government agencies
  • How to work with people who are affected by the disaster
  • Active Shooter Training
  • CPR/First Aid Training
  • Commitment to the mission of the Disaster Response Team.
  • Strong written and ASL communication skills. 
  • Must be 18 or above.
  • Must pass a mandatory background check. 
  • Able to respond reliably when on call.
  • Able to follow DRT policies and procedures.
  • Ability to learn and use DRT systems and online interfaces.
  • Ability to work in challenging and stressful conditions such as poor air quality, uneven ground, adverse weather, etc.
  • Must be able to work with diverse clients including Deaf Plus, Deaf/Blind, and low vision.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and/or a timely, reliable way to get to the scene.
  • Must hold a clean driving record.
  • Car insurance must cover others if involved in an accident.

Ready to make a difference? Here's how to get started!

  1. Click Apply Now below to complete our online application.
  2. A member of a team will get in touch for a short conversation which enable us to match you with a role that will be both meaningful and enjoyable.
  3. We’ll provide all the necessary training to ensure you can be successful in your volunteer role. 

Locations ( 14 Counties )

  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Del Norte
  • Humboldt
  • Lake
  • Marin
  • Mendocino
  • Napa
  • San Francisco
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Cruz
  • Solano
  • Sonoma