DART’s are the “Jewel in the Crown”. These highly-trained volunteer teams make our deployments possible and bring the story back to our cities, truly making the work of this organization real. An important part of the role of a DART is to be available to make presentations on behalf of Disaster Aid USA.
Becoming a DART requires a significant personal commitment. DART’s are not paid and must be prepared to give of their time not only on deployments, but also be actively involved in fundraising and give presentations about their experiences to various groups as required. The fundraising is one of the key components of being a DART as they will be able to share their stories first hand with DAUSA donors and support groups.
DART’s will also be required to purchase some of their own gear because each DART usually personalizes their own to suit their requirements. Some gear will be provided by DAUSA. Other expenses include vaccinations which will be required as determined by you physician. A list of recommended vaccinations will be provided after pre-selection. Door to door deployment expenses are paid by DAUSA.
DART applicants will be required to submit a comprehensive medical statement from their doctor before their application can be proceed. DART’s need to have a reasonably high level of physical fitness to cope with often very difficult environmental conditions such as extremes of heat and cold and high altitudes and be able to live and work in remote areas and primitive conditions, often with poor sanitary, hygiene and medical facilities. There are risks of disease, accidents, injury, and even death.
DART applicants should therefore consider very carefully before they apply and discuss their intentions in becoming a DART with their family, spouse, or significant other. However applicants can be assured that the training DAUSA provides is focused very heavily on safety and they will not be required to operate in situations they feel are dangerous. DAUSA intend to engaging professionals who consult on security issues for NGOs on a world basis in the training. Nonetheless risks of accidents, injury and conflict danger exists.
Because DAUSA prides itself on a rapid response to disasters, DART applicants may also wish to discuss with their employer the ability to be released at short notice – often with only 1 – 2 days notice. We recognize family and work obligations and DART’s are under no obligation to accept a deployment. However considerable time and effort will be expended on their selection and training and we would expect every effort to be deployable at least once a year for a period of up to two weeks.
If the DART’s application and interview are successful, the training is between 4 and 5 days long, at your own expense. We will try and schedule the trainings to begin on Friday, Sat, Sunday and Monday. This way the DART candidates can fly or drive in Thursday and leave Monday night or Tues morning. We are trying to keep the candidates days off work to a min. so they can use their days off from work on deployments. It will be very busy 4 days and candidate needs to be in shape. DART candidates will be sleeping in tents and outdoors. We of course will have classroom time also.
Deployment and may be anywhere up to 10 days in duration. If DART candidates are successful in completing the training they will be invited to become a DART.
Disaster Aid USA Executive Director & DART Manager
Zone 31 Coordinator
Disaster Aid International DART Team Leader
Chairman of the Board