What Does Adventist Disaster Response Do?
- Training: We offer Donations Operations, Forklift, Disaster Leadership, Warehouse Management Individual and Family Preparedness, Train-the-Trainer as well as many others.
- Individual/Family Preparedness: We believe that every person should be prepared to take care of themselves for at least 3-5 days after a disaster strikes. We offer Individual/Family disaster preparedness seminars to help church members plan and prepare for any disaster.
- Community Awareness Events: ACS-DR is active in community events such as Vegfest (offering tastes of vegetarian disaster food), community/neighborhood fairs and Bumbershoot. Come join in the fun of meeting people in your community. All it takes is a smile and a few hours to make an impact.
- Church & School Disaster Planning: We teach churches and schools how to plan and prepare before a disaster strikes. A church DR Liaison has recently been appointed to work specifically with individual Adventist Churches.
- DR Readiness Teams: Volunteers are trained and ready to respond within 24 hours during a disaster. Teams consist of six people and are placed in strategic locations around western Washington.
- Emergency Collection/Distribution Centers: ACS DR works with the media, community organizations and the general public to gather donated goods when emergency needs exist. The donated goods are processed by ACS/DR volunteers and other partner organizations, and then distributed to meet the immediate needs of families in the impacted community.
- Warehouse Operations: Facilities that accept truckloads of donated goods, are often managed by ACS DR under agreements with federal, state, and/or local governments in collaboration with other voluntary disaster response organizations responding to the current situation. Volunteers accept, sort, and enter the donation information into a computerized inventory database, and prepare them for shipment to local distribution sites.
- Crises Care Counselors: Emotional and spiritual care providers can help with the emotional needs of people, their relatives and communities in disaster crises.
- Long Term Recovery: After a disaster strikes, supervised volunteer teams are able to clean up the grounds, do repairs to homes, and give comfort to the occupants. This may be right after a disaster strikes but often may be months later.
- “Rebuilding” Mission Trips: At times there are opportunities to help communities rebuild homes after a disaster. Whether across the nation across the state, this is an opportunity to help others bounce back from disaster.
Disaster Response Partners
- Washington Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WAVOAD)
- Seattle Human Society (Pet Preparedness)
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- North American Division Disaster Response (communityservices.org)
- Washington State Emergency Management Department
- American Red Cross
Adventist Disaster Response (ADR) is a volunteer network purposed to respond to the needs of people affected by natural and manmade disasters. ADR coaches churches, schools and families to help them develop emergency plans.