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  1. CHURCH DISASTER RESPONSE COORDINATORS FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

  2. WHY HAVE A COORDINATOR? • Disasters are local – need initial local response • Prior planning is essential • Local coordinator usually in best position to initially assess the situation and report • Local coordinator knows the “lay of the land” • If local church and presbytery are overwhelmed MNA can lend support or lead effort

  3. WHAT WOULD A COORDINATOR DO? • Work with us to customize duties • Assess the church’s capabilities to provide volunteers, supplies and equipment, finances, and facilities • Point of contact • Solicit volunteers, gather supplies and equipment, & dispatch team(s) • Promote disaster preparedness in the church • Could also promote church security & emergency response

  4. WHO SHOULD BE A COORDINATOR? • Someone with • A heart for mercy ministry • Good organizational skills • Good communicator • Could be someone who organizes but doesn’t actually deploy • May be a deacon but it’s not a requirement • Construction skills would be a plus

  5. WHAT IS THE TYPICAL SEQUENCE OF EVENTS? • Coordinator reports damage and whether help is needed • If a regional disaster, NTP Subcommittee calls for presbytery-wide assistance – coordinates volunteers and solicits funds. • If the damage is excessive, we notify MNA and request assistance • MNA sends Assessment team and, if necessary, sends First Responder team, arranges for site manager, coordinates volunteers, & raises funds

  6. WHO SHOULD I RECRUIT AS VOLUNTEERS? • Heart for service • Trainable or with a needed set of skills • Can respond quickly • Reliable • Those you can vouch for • Men, women, older teens

  7. ARE THERE VOLUNTEERS WE DON’T WANT? • Don’t show up uninvited! • Unaffiliated or spontaneous volunteers a national problem • Mostly untrained, unskilled or ill-equipped • Unknown quantity – credentialing • Temptation to accept • Many times end up draining resources • Not talking about your church members showing up

  8. HOW DO I TRAIN & RETAIN VOLUNTEERS? • Develop training • Send to CERT or Red Cross courses • Take online courses • Form “peacetime” teams for • Church maintenance • Helping widows, the elderly or homebound • Outreach mercy ministry around the neighborhood

  9. CONTACT Rick Lenz, MNA South Central Region Disaster Response Specialist Serving OK & TX Mobile: 817-690-8107 Home: 817-361-9265 www.disasterresponseoktx.com at MNA South Central Disaster Response Region at rlenzmna