Congregational Disaster Readiness (CDR) is the culmination of the efforts of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Disaster Recovery Networks, Denominational Networks, Recovery/Relief Agencies and Congregations.
To expedite relief and recovery in communities impacted by a disaster.
A comprehensive, collaborative and coherent action program for congregations to effectively deliver essential relief and recovery services during and after a disaster.
To integrate and coordinate disaster relief and recovery efforts provided by congregations.
Level 1: Designate a Readiness Coordinator (DRC) and an Assistant DRC on the Participant Contact Form. The DRC and Assistant DRC will serve as the liaison between your congregation and the Readiness Network.
Level 2: Designate a Response Team(s) for participation in one or more of the following:
Providing emotional and spiritual care alongside Response Teams.
Home & Property
Removing damaged contents and sanitizing the home, according to standardized processes.
Providing temporary waterproofing of damaged roofs by attaching tarps to protect from further damage. Boarding damaged openings in walls to minimize vandalism and water infiltration.
Cutting fallen trees and stacking of debris.
Short term shelter for individuals who need other living arrangements. Duration could be 1-3 days or long term. Shelters are supported by The American Red Cross.
Supporting shelters by helping survivors wash their clothes. Pick-up/drop-off process.
Help families in a shelter to care for their dogs and cats, providing kennels and food.
Supporting shelters with non-emergency transportation for survivors to doctor's office, drug store, bank, etc.
Out of Town Responders
Hosting out of town responders and mission teams by providing a place to sleep, meals, and shower after a hard day’s work.
Procuring, storing and distributing bulk supplies to Congregational distribution centers.
Congregational Distribution Centers
Collecting and distributing essential food and supplies to survivors.
Evacuation tips, helpful websites and phone numbers, evacuation routes
Emergency essentials checklist
FEMA flood zones and maps, flood insurance information, helpful resources
Harris County flood information, links to sign up for real-time rainfall amounts, and alerts for your area
THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS
FOR THEIR COLLABORATIVE PARTICIPATION!
The American Red Cross • SBP • The Salvation Army
Texas Gulf Coast VOAD
Interfaith Ministries and Volunteer Houston
Catholic Charities • Union Baptist Association • JFS - Houston
Texas Annual Conference - UMC
Presbytery of New Covenant • South Central Conference - UCC
ICNA • Lutheran Disaster Relief - LCMS
Lutheran Disaster Response - ELCA
Center for Disaster Philanthropy