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Disaster ServicesWho will do what in an emergency? The time to answer that question is when we are in a state of calm. In the wake of Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy, many people donated time, money and services. The outpouring of support was there, but better coordination would have sped up the response time and had a stronger long-term impact. 

For example, many people generously donated clothing, but responders found that the overwhelming response resulted in the impossible task of sorting, distributing, and storing the donations while the people affected had immediate needs for food, water and shelter. While bags of clothing were piling up, baby diapers and bottled water were in short supply.

The stories that came out of that challenging time were of neighbor helping neighbor and people and businesses from outside the impacted area traveling to help. That informal response was what gave many hope and the assistance they needed in the days following the destructive rains. Yet, months later, people and businesses were still struggling to rebuild and go on with their lives. Some are still struggling.

Organizations can share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery—to help disaster survivors and their communities. The Disaster Services Task Force, will work with other community partners such as the Red Cross and Catholic Charities to identify areas for improvement. 

 


 

The Disaster Services Task Force will collaborate with other disaster service organizations in surrounding counties to develop a plan for a spontaneous volunteer resource center. The Task Force will also work to expand the capacity of existing disaster organizations and programs through recruitment of new volunteers, resources and training programs.

 

Members of the Disaster Services Task Force will :

  • Educate themselves and others on the service issue
  • Help connect human and capital resources to strengthen the capacity of the organizations who serve the sector (foster cross sector collaboration)
  • Establish a fund or raise funds to carry out Task Force service initiatives
  • Work with other members of the Task Force to complete projects
  • Bring together interested parties for meaningful discussion at a Town Hall forum
  • Set goals and a timeline
  • Track progress with data/numbers and report on it regularly to keep everyone on course.

 

Town Halls will:

  • Phase One: Convene
  • Phase Two: Assess
  • Phase Three: Strategize
  • Phase Four: Action
  • Phase Five: Track/Report

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PO Box 177,
Albany, NY 12159
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