Mission: To expedite relief and recovery in communities impacted by a disaster.
Vision: A Comprehensive, Collaborative and Coherent (3C’s) action plan for congregations to effectively deliver essential relief and recovery services during and after a disaster, in partnership with and in support of responsible agencies.
Rationale: The most powerful predictor of success in disaster response is communication and coordination. A coordinated delivery of relief and recovery services prevents redundancy, saves money, minimizes disruption of services and improves outcomes.
Strategy: Identify, recruit, organize, train, and mobilize congregations to respond in an integrated and cooperative manner during disasters.
Create shareable standards, best practices, and establish centralized communication.Coordinate and deploy relief and recovery efforts.
Generate a single umbrella group which will integrate and coordinate the efforts of all congregations within an area and ensure that these plans are:
Community needs assessment | Stakeholder engagement | Faith Based, Public, Private, and Not-for-Profit | Plan development, integration, and mapping | Deployment | Capability and capacity improvement | Training | Workforce (volunteer) engagement and retention
Scope: Coordination of the relief and recovery efforts of congregations, including:
Drone Force / Damage Assessment
Trained drone operators will assist county officials with real time situational awareness, providing images from which damage assessments can be made.
Sheltering - Dennis Hayes
Short and long-term Red Cross sheltering and/or ride-out sheltering.
Compassionate Care / PreDCM - Cathy Beasley
Trained caregivers provide emotional and spiritual care to survivors, serving as a listening ear, a calming presence, and laying the groundwork for Disaster Case Management, initiating documentation and reporting.
Laundry - Chris Hall
Supporting shelters by helping survivors wash their clothes.
Muck & Gut - Trevor Barnett, Chris Hall
Removing damaged contents and sanitizing the home, according to standards.
Volunteer Coordination - John Locke
Connecting volunteers with opportunities for service.
Pets - Chris Hubert
Help families to care for their pets (dogs and cats), providing kennels and food, while they are staying in a shelter.
Communication Task-force - Gary Flaharty
Creating a multi-level, two-way communication platform to address a diversity of communication needs for alerting, recruiting, deploying and demobilizing response.
Supplies Distribution Center (supplying congregations)
Regional warehouse to supply congregations serving as a donation distribution centers.
Donations Distribution Center (supplying survivors)
Distribute essential supplies to survivors and maintaining a database of all survivors for follow-up.
Chainsaw / Clean Up
Cutting up fallen trees and disposing of debris.
Assist with non-emergency assistance, such as picking up prescriptions or driving survivors to doctors’ office.
Transporting rescued survivors from staging area to shelters, via people movers.
Interfaith Ministries and Volunteer Houston I The American Red Cross
The Salvation Army I Catholic Charities I Texas Annual Conference - UMC
Union Baptist Association I Presbytery of New Covenant I Texas Gulf Coast VOAD South Central Conference - UCC I SBP I Center for Disaster Philanthropy