Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Disaster Strikes, DATs Are There

People may not know what to do when a disaster strikes, but they do know who to call. No matter how big or small the disaster, the American Red Cross shows up when needed.

Each year, the Dallas Area Chapter responds to more than 600 disasters across 12 North Texas counties. Our ability to respond is due in no small part to the role of our dedicated volunteers who are there to help others around the clock. Our volunteers respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, seldom with little thanks and definitely no pay.

Tuesday night, we took time from the busy holiday fire season to say thank you to our Disaster Action Teams (DATs). These volunteers are on call and ready to respond to local disasters by providing immediate relief and support to individuals and families in their time of need. You can find them lending a hand whether it is 2 p.m. on a hot summer day or 2 a.m. in the middle of winter. DATs are there. They are the heart and soul of the American Red Cross and make a difference in our community on a daily basis.

This short video produced by Anita Foster, chief communications officer for the Dallas Area Chapter, highlights the Disaster Action Teams in action.

2010 Disaster Action Teams In Action

Join the Disaster Action Team in the Dallas area! Outside of the Dallas area, find your nearest American Red Cross chapter.


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