Personal Disaster Assistance (PDA) Responder

(Canadian Red Cross - Simcoe Muskoka, Simcoe Muskoka Branch, Volunteer Services)

Position ID: V-MID0681
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2022
Last Full Update: 13 May 2022

Opportunity Details: Personal Disaster Assistance (PDA) Responder

Contact Volunteer Resource Services, Canadian Red Cross; Phone: 1-844-818-2155; Email:
Duties Job Summary: 
The Personal Disaster Assistance (PDA) Team is activated to respond and provide assistance for up to the first 72 hours following a disaster.  
Responsibility 1. Disaster Response 
• Conduct client needs assessments to determine immediate, short and long-term needs of clients; 
• Provide appropriate services based on the Technical Standards and the National Disaster Assistance Guidelines; 
• Provide referrals to partner agencies and other community based groups; 
• Communicate and report on progress, as appropriate, to the PDA Supervisor; 
• Provide comfort to clients; 
• Complete necessary paperwork (i.e. Goods and Services Vouchers, Client Needs Assessments and others as appropriate); 
• Communicate complex cases to PDA Supervisor for provision of appropriate case management services; 
• Participate in operational debriefings and provide suggestions for improvement. 
Responsibility 2. Preparedness Activities 
• Actively engage in team preparedness activities including emergency planning and kit preparedness; 
• Attend meetings as required; 
• Support PDA Supervisor in materials/inventory management; 
• Support with supplier agreements, as appropriate; 
• Support the PDA Supervisor in planning and organizing services.
Ages 18 year(s) and up
Suitable for Highschool Credit Hours No
Areas of Interest Disaster Planning & Assistance
Skills/Experience Communication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Counseling & Support ; Customer Service ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; First Aid ; Friendly & Outgoing ; General Computer Skills ; Leadership ; Listening Skills ; Medical Assistance ; Planning & Organizing ; Team Work ; Working with Children
Commitment Length Long Term (More than 1 year) - 2 years renewable
Interaction Level One-on-one ; Small Group ; Large Group
Minimum Hours 2 / Month
Seasons Year Round
Accessibility Not Applicable - position requires someone able bodied
Location Simcoe County and Muskoka District
Number of Positions Muskoka District ; Simcoe County 
25 individual(s) needed in total. 
Volunteer responders are required throughout Simcoe County and Muskoka district.
Training Orientation ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Scheduled training ; Training on the job ; Training on-going
Transportation Volunteer is responsible for their own transportation.
Police Check Required
Additional Requirements The incumbent must have the commitment to the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Movement and model the core competencies of the CRCS: team excellence, service excellence, accountability and results focused. 
• This position requires a satisfactory Canadian criminal record reference check. 
• This position requires a satisfactory vulnerable sector check  
• Valid driver's license is required if driving for society business; clear driver’s abstract (3 years) required if using Red Cross vehicles; access to transportation is mandatory
Liability Insurance Available
Community Sets Barrie ; South Simcoe ; VC - Muskoka District ; VC - North Simcoe ; VC - Orillia & Area ; VC - Simcoe County ; VC - Simcoe, Muskoka, Parry Sound District, Bruce, Grey, Peterborough & Northumberland

Agency Details: Canadian Red Cross - Simcoe Muskoka, Simcoe Muskoka Branch, Volunteer Services

Office Phone 705-721-3313
Toll Free Phone 1-800-387-2251
Fax 705-739-9916
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