A key element of our disaster response is having trained volunteers on the ground. This is the Disaster Aid Response Team (DART). DARTs are our frontline when managing the provision of “Smart-Aid”.
Role of the Dart
The DART members are our local project managers in a disaster and have considerable responsibility to Disaster Aid Europe and our supporters.
The role at the disaster location includes:
- Identifying appropriate local contacts who can assist in identifying the areas where our aid will be most beneficial.
- Meeting with the communities that have identified and determining their needs.
- Determining the best way of providing aid that meets the communities needs.
- Reporting the situation to the Disaster Aid Board so appropriate levels of resources can be allocated. (In many cases this may include approval for significant in country expenditure.)
- Managing and monitoring the provision of aid.
- Reviewing the effectiveness of the aid.
DART Member Requirements
DARTs are all volunteers. They are required to contribute their time to:
- Travel, at short notice, for up to 2 weeks to respond to Disasters (travel and accommodation costs will be met by Disaster Aid and local Rotary communities where possible).
- Be active in fundraising, including giving a presentation to Disaster Aid Supporters.
- Attend training sessions.
- Good health and a reasonably high level of physical fitness is required.
Applicants will be required to submit to a comprehensive medical before an application for deployment can be processed.
Every effort is taken by Disaster Aid Europe to minimise the risk, however, by necessity, we expect the volunteers to perform in the difficult conditions of disaster-affected regions.
As many risks will still be present all prospective DARTs should discuss their intentions with their families.
DART training is typically over several days. The cost of training is to be met by each trainee or their sponsor.
The training will include:
- Health and safety
- Understanding Smart Aid technologies
If the prospective DART successfully completes the training they will be invited to attend the first response while working with an experienced DART.
DAE DART Deployment Application