DISASTER READINESS

CONGREGATIONAL DISASTER READINESS INITIATIVE

Communication and coordination are the most powerful predictors of success in disaster response. Coordinated delivery of relief and recovery services prevents redundancy, saves money, minimizes disruption of services and improves outcomes. 


The mission of the Congregational Disaster Readiness Initiative is to expedite relief and recovery in communities impacted by a disaster.

This program is 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.

STRATEGY

 

  • Generate a single umbrella group which will integrate and coordinate the efforts of all congregations within an area and ensure that these plans are:

    • Inclusive of the needs of all stakeholders (survivors and service partners).

    • Integrated with, and supported by, the responsible official relief organizations.

  • 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. 

BENEFITS

  • Enhanced community resilience

  • Improved quality, consistency, and coverage of services

  • Expedited relief and recovery for families and neighborhoods

  • Development of leaders and trained volunteers within congregations

  • Decreased service cost by eliminating redundant services 

  • Increased community engagement and situational awareness

  • Financial sustainability for local disaster relief and recovery groups

  • More accessible support services for congregations and the community

For further info contact Thomasina Burns.

thomasina@houstonresponds.org

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