Personal Disaster Assistance (PDA) Responder

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

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Position ID: V-MID0681 Last Modified: 13 May 2022 Last Full Update: 13 May 2022
Opportunity Details
ContactVolunteer Resource Services, Canadian Red Cross; Phone: 1-844-818-2155; Email:
DutiesJob 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.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Areas of InterestDisaster Planning & Assistance
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & 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 LengthLong Term (More than 1 year) - 2 years renewable
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group ; Large Group
Minimum Hours2 / Month
AccessibilityNot Applicable - position requires someone able bodied
LocationSimcoe County and Muskoka District
Number of PositionsMuskoka District ; Simcoe County 
25 individual(s) needed in total. 
Volunteer responders are required throughout Simcoe County and Muskoka district.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Scheduled training ; Training on the job ; Training on-going
TransportationVolunteer is responsible for their own transportation.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsThe 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
Agency Details
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Organization NameCanadian Red Cross - Simcoe Muskoka Branch, Simcoe Muskoka Branch, Volunteer Services
Office Phone705-721-3313
Toll Free Phone1-800-387-2251
Address & Map
65 Cedar Pointe Dr
Unit 809B
Barrie, ON
Canada L4N 5R7
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Mailing Address65 Cedar Pointe Dr 
Unit 809B 
Barrie, ON 
Canada L4N 5R7