Resources for Disaster Response

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Contents:
Definition of Response
Nonprofits by Response Function
Response Resources

Definition of Disaster Response

Response includes immediate actions to save lives, protect property and the environment, stabilize communities, and meet basic human needs following an incident. Response also includes the execution of emergency plans and actions to support short-term recovery.


Nonprofits by Response Function  |  Nonprofit Descriptions

Section Contents: Animal and Pet Services  |  Communication Services  |  Damage Assessment  |  Case Work  |  Donations Management  |  Health, Mental Health and Spiritual Care  |  Mass Care  |  Support Services  |  Volunteer Management 

Animal and Pet Services  |  Top of Page

The PETS Act (Pets Evacuation and Transportation and Standards Act of 2006) amended the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to ensure that state and local emergency preparedness plans address the needs of individuals with pets and service animals. This gives FEMA the authority to provide assistance for the care, rescue, sheltering, and essential needs of affected pets and service animals. Generally, government relies on nonprofit organizations to provide such assistance.

Rescue
  • Humane Society of the United States Emergency Services Animal Rescue Team
  • Noah’s Wish
  • Transport
  • Evacuating pets and service animals to safer locations
  • Humane Society of the United States Emergency Services Animal Rescue Team
  • Noah’s Wish
Care
  • Humane Society of the United States Emergency Services Animal Rescue Team
  • Noah’s Wish (Short and long term foster placement)
Sheltering
  • Humane Society of the United States Emergency Services Animal Rescue Team
  • Noah’s Wish

Communication Services (HAM radio)  |  Top of Page

  • American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
  • Latter-day Saints Charities
  • Salvation Army
  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief

Damage Assessment  |  Top of Page

  • American Red Cross (Damage assessments, Aviation Incident Response Teams)

Case Work  |  Top of Page

Disaster case work addresses immediate and transitional needs of disaster survivors during the disaster response phase. Disaster case workers screen and link disaster survivors through referrals to services to address urgent needs. Disaster case work may transition to disaster case management in the recovery phase.

  • American Red Cross
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Episcopal Relief & Development
  • Hope worldwide
  • Operation Blessing International
  • Salvation Army
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • United Church of Christ Office of National Disaster Ministries
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Donations Management  |  Top of Page

How to receive, record, track, store, secure, ship, or dispose of donated goods can be a huge challenge following a disaster for those governments and organizations receiving them. That is why donations management services are important. Cash donations also need to be managed.

  • American Logistics Aid Network
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Convoy of Hope (Also, bulk distribution of commodities, full service points of distribution)
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Feeding America
  • Feed the Children
  • Nazarene Disaster Response
  • Salvation Army
  • Samaritan’s Purse
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Health, Mental Health, and Spiritual Care  |  Top of Page

Disaster events create the need for healthcare services and often exacerbate the need for mental health and spiritual care.

Medical Services
  • Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, U.S.A
  • Mercy Medical Airlift (Medical air transport)
Mental Health Services  

Mental health services are generally provided by a trained, and often licensed, professional to treat a wide range of conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behavior. Needs might include family support programs and counseling for post-traumatic stress syndrome & disorder and related diagnoses, mental/behavior health services for the elderly and special needs populations, and domestic violence prevention and counseling services

  • American Red Cross
  • Episcopal Relief & Development
  • Latter-day Saints Charities
  • Lutheran Disaster Services
  • National Organization for Victim Assistance
  • Nazarene Disaster Response
  • Salvation Army
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
Pastoral Counseling

The term “pastoral services” has been used to include both spiritual and religious counseling.

  • ACS Disaster Response (ACS DR)
  • ACTS World Relief
  • Billy Graham Rapid Response Team
  • Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, U.S.A
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Christian Reformed World Relief Committee Disaster Response Services
  • Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries
  • Churches of Scientology Disaster Response
  • Church World Service Emergency Response Program
  • Convoy of Hope
  • Episcopal Relief & Development
  • Hope worldwide
  • Latter-day Saints Charities
  • Lutheran Disaster Services 
  • National Baptist Convention
  • Nazarene Disaster Response
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
  • Salvation Army
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • United Church of Christ Office of National Disaster Ministries
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Mass Care  |  Top of Page

Mass care is just that, taking care of the mass of disaster survivors. Mass care generally involves the sheltering of disaster survivors in temporary, congregate facilities, feeding, emergency first aid, reunification of family members, and distribution of emergency relief items.

Feeding

Provision of Food for Kitchens:

  • American Red Cross
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • CityTeam International
  • Feeding America
  • Feed the Children
  • Operation Blessing International
  • Salvation Army
  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief

Food Preparation:

  • ACTS World Relief
  • American Red Cross
  • Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, U.S.A
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • CityTeam International
  • Feeding America
  • National Baptist Convention
  • Nazarene Disaster Response
  • Operation Blessing International
  • Salvation Army
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief

Serving of Meals

  • ACTS World Relief
  • American Red Cross
  • Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, U.S.A
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries
  • CityTeam International
  • Episcopal Relief & Development
  • Hope worldwide
  • Mission to North America / Presbyterian Church of America
  • National Baptist Convention
  • Nazarene Disaster Response
  • Operation Blessing International
  • Salvation Army
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief

Grocery Distribution:

  • ACS Disaster Response (ACS DR)
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Episcopal Relief & Development
  • Feeding America
  • Feed the Children
  • Hope worldwide
  • Operation Blessing International
  • Salvation Army
Sheltering
  • American Red Cross
  • Latter-day Saints Charities
  • National Baptist Convention
  • Nazarene Disaster Response (Churches designated as shelters)
  • Salvation Army

Childcare in Shelters:

  • Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries
Bulk Distribution and Other Mass Care Services
  • American Red Cross (Includes integrated care teams (multi-disciplinary teams, spiritual partners) bulk distribution of recovery, hygiene, and clean-up kits, family reunification, funeral assistance)
  • Church World Service Emergency Response Program (Material goods: blankets, clean-up buckets, hygiene kits, baby blankets, school kits)
  • Churches of Scientology Disaster Response (Shelter management and staffing)
  • National Baptist Convention (Bulk distribution of clean-up and comfort kits)
  • Nazarene Disaster Response (Bulk distribution of hygiene kits, etc.)
  • Save the Children (As a national partner of the American Red Cross, Save the Children provides temporary respite care for children in shelters and community gathering places.  It distributes non-food items for children and families, and aids in the recovery of children’s services, including child care.)
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) (Local churches offer sheltering for volunteers and open their facilities in cooperation with the American Red Cross.  Also, create and distribute cleanup buckets and hygiene kits.)

Support Services  |  Top of Page

Childcare/Day Care

Having child care and/or day care services available can free up time for disaster survivors to take care of recovery tasks and rebuild their lives.

  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Nazarene Disaster Response
  • Save the Children
Supply Chain Management/ Logistics
  • American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN)
Warehouse Management
  • ACS Disaster Response (ACS DR)
  • Churches of Scientology Disaster Response
  • Feeding America
  • Latter-day Saints Charities
  • National Baptist Convention
  • Nazarene Disaster Response
  • Salvation Army
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Volunteer Management  |  Top of Page

Volunteers are either “affiliated” (associated with an organization) or “unaffiliated.” Unaffiliated volunteers spontaneously decide to self-deploy to volunteer to help a cause. Most nonprofit organizations active in disasters rely on volunteers. Like virtually any organization, its human resources need to be managed to achieve its goals. BCLC urges volunteers to not self-deploy and to reach out to professional organizations that know how to safely and effectively manage volunteers in disasters.

Reception Center Management
  • ACTS World Relief
  • All Hands Volunteers
  • Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, U.S.A
  • Churches of Scientology Disaster Response
  • CityTeam International
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 
  • Episcopal Relief & Development
  • Hands on Network
  • Hope worldwide
  • Nazarene Disaster Response
  • NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster
  • Operation Blessing International
  • Samaritan’s Purse
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Salvation Army
  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
Training of Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteers

Sometimes people unaffiliated with any organization self-deploy or decide spontaneously to volunteer in response to a disaster event.BCLC urges volunteers to not self-deploy and to reach out to professional organizations that know how to safely and effectively manage volunteers in disasters.

  • ACS Disaster Response (ACS DR)
  • ACTS World Relief
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Churches of Scientology Disaster Response
  • CityTeam International
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 
  • Hands on Network

Resources for Response |  Top of Page

National Response Framework, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Working Draft [revision to the] National Response Framework, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Sheltering resources, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Documents from National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD) on:

  • Mass care, including “points of consensus”
  • Donations management, including “points of consensus”
  • Volunteer management, including “points of consensus”

Recommendations for Disaster Aid Planners, U.S. Chamber BCLC

 

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