Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART)

When disaster strikes, careful coordination of disaster relief is essential.

Our global relief efforts are coordinated through our international headquarters in the USA.

A global Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is formed drawing on all the resources of Samaritan’s Purse offices in the USA, UK, Australia and Canada. Each response country has its own team of highly skilled and trained volunteers who combine to form a DART. These volunteers are mobilised, briefed and transported to the site of the disaster where they will work alongside teams from other agencies and NGOs.

Following major global disasters such as the earthquakes in Nepal and Haiti, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the Japan earthquake and tsunami, Samaritan’s Purse managed the delivery of relief supplies, medicines, food and materials for shelter, water sanitation and rebuilding.


DART Programme

The Samaritan’s Purse International DART programme is composed of on-call, readily available professionals trained to respond within a complex international environment.

As deployments occur with little or no warning, DART members must have a flexible schedule and availability from 2 weeks to 30 days at a time. DART members can be deployed to dangerous places, the living conditions can be challenging and the work days long and hard. However, Samaritan’s Purse believes in being the first on the ground in order to serve and help those who have suffered through a catastrophic event in the name of Jesus.

We are seeking to train up another 15-20 UK-based people for our Disaster Assistance Response Team. Working under the leadership of colleagues at the international headquarters in the USA, DART is the team of Christ-centred people we call upon at very short notice to attend large scale disasters such as tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes etc, and who for 2-4 weeks will bring their skills and expertise for the relief of the victims.

Roles available for short-term DART deployment:
– Medical Professionals
– Programme Officer
– Logistics Officer
– Information/Communications Officer
– Finance Officer
– Information Systems Officer

– Available on short notice for immediate 2-4 week deployment.
– Willingness to work in unstable, insecure areas.
– Administration; construction/shelter; education/training; finance/grant management; leadership; logistics; medicine/public health; nutrition; pastor care/psycho-social support; security; water/sanitation.
– Flexible and able to manage stress.
– Sufficient travel, volunteer or work experience in developing countries.
– 1-2 years professional experience in international context or disaster response management.
– Able to provide training and supervision to others.

Medical Professional Skill Requirements



Are you interested in applying?

11-25-13-Philippines-typhoon-response-Dr.-Linda-1And among your contacts and acquaintances, do you know of people who have suitable availability, attitude and skills to make them good potential DART members?

The recruiting, selection and training for DART positions takes place a few times each year. If you are interested in being considered for a DART role, your first step is to complete the application process. We will review your information and consider you for the next steps during our next applicant review cycle.

All expenses both for the training (2-3 day residential in the UK) and the deployment are covered by Samaritan’s Purse, but successful delegates will have to demonstrate their capability and their commitment to DART.

Please contact Cynthia Ryan at cynthia.ryan@samaritans-purse.org.uk for an application form in the first instance.

To support the work of our DART teams and be part of our response to the next disaster or emergency, you can donate today.

Gifts towards our International Disaster Relief work will be used where most needed in a disaster or emergency situation. Thank you for your support and your prayers.


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