• Integrate
    • Develop local awareness of CLDR and how CCLS can provide valuable support to those affected by disasters. Establish your role as contact.
    • Be involved in your local Red Cross or disaster emergency management group
      • Network & attend local meetings as available (i.e. Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) meetings, Mental Health team meetings, Training opportunities, committees).
    • Create working relationship with regional CL affiliate chair and local CL manager(s)
      • Promote awareness through articles, group meetings, presentations, their website/newsletters, training opportunities, etc.
  • Organize
    • Develop and maintain a list of CCLS’s who are willing to be called upon for local disaster incidents (fires, shootings, fatal accidents, etc.)
    • Encourage CCLS’s to obtain CDS volunteer certification through CDS training
    • Maintain communication with local responders
  • Respond
    • Coordinate & assign CLDR local responders during local disaster incidents
    • Compile and restock “emergency play pack” to provide to utilize during local responses
  • Administrate
    • Report at least monthly to CLDR Directors (communicate support/needs)
      • Communicate support/needs
      • Report CLDR and any CDS response activity (CLDR will then report CDS involvement to CDS)
      • Report CLDR local responder roster (updates)
      • Provide feedback on CLDR local program development


  • Certified Child Life Specialist
  • Certified CDS volunteer
  • Leadership experience
  • Complete any required Red Cross trainings for local involvement

How to become: