Texas Conference Disaster Team

 

Texas Congregational Disaster Readiness (TXCDR) is an all-inclusive disaster preparedness program designed to help churches effectively deliver essential relief and recovery services. It is robust and comprehensive, addressing the three powerful predictors of success in disaster response: Communication, Coordination, and Execution.

*TXCDR is a multi-faith effort driven by the five Congregational Rebuild Networks of greater Houston, Hope Disaster Recovery, SHUR, The Restoration Team, Katy Responds and 4B. The collaborative effort received input from major players, such as the Office of Emergency Management, The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, SBP, Team Rubicon, Volunteer Houston, and Denominational and Congregational DRC(s).

 The comprehensive action plan includes Planning, Preparing, Training and a Synchronized Response in key services delivered by congregations, including Compassionate Care, Sheltering, Housing Out of Town Teams, Laundry, Transportation, Pet Sheltering, Home and Property Clean-Up and Repair, and Distribution of Supplies.

Dr. Godfrey Hubert, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator for the Texas Annual Conference, is founder of TXCDR. He is also the founder and executive director of Hope Disaster Recovery, an UMCOR partner providing Hurricane Harvey relief services to over 6,000 people, advocating for $17,500,000 in direct assistance to under-resourced survivors, and repairing 120 homes.

Dr. Godfrey says that every congregation that designates a Disaster Readiness Coordinator (DRC) and his disaster team, and registers at www.TXCDR.org, will receive training, guidance, Alert Media communication license(s), and be included in preparation and coordination.

“There have been many preparedness plans, but generally they focused on best practices in mucking and gutting and tarping. The problem is that those well-trained volunteers were rarely deployed because the preparedness lacked coordination and communication. TXCDR trains volunteers to do a good job, and it provides the organizational structure, coordination, and communication to deploy the volunteers in a coherent manner.”