The Recovery Taskforce Responds to the Disaster

 

 

One of the secrets to having a successful Taskforce is to have as many involved parties at the table as possible.  This may not be easy or comfortable at first, but the Taskforce being pulled together with the endorsement of the faith community may be the only place all of these folk are willing or able to gather.

The ideal core of the Taskforce is the group that came about as result of building your network in the preparedness section, or that which has convened post-disaster.

 

Goals and Roles for the Taskforce

Goals for the Taskforce

  • Convene the community-based response on behalf of affected persons
  • Analyze the information and findings from the Hearing
  • Reach out to the greatest number of individuals, congregations, and other agencies with resources and expertise
  • Help devise solutions for the problem(s) and meet the needs of persons who are suffering
  • Help all parties bring their resources to bear on a solution
  • Help break down the "us and them" dynamics that may develop in the community
  • Provide an arena for discussions and common work that harbors the understanding that differences will be aired honestly, but with respect and consideration for all other persons and agencies


Roles for the Taskforce

  • Clarify the extent of the affected area and impact on homes and families (see the previous Community Assessment and Preparedness section).
  • Assess the needs and the resource assets in the community and identify the possible sources of assistance for the gaps.
  • Help ensure equitable delivery of assistance and other resources.
  • Resource development and management:  some faith-based organizations may provide modest start-up funds, expertise and pastoral support, or assistance grants for families.  Pro-bono professional services (like expert testimony, legal aid, counseling, and medical), rent-free space, and chemical testing services are examples of donated resources.
  • Education and communication of basic information about the situation.  The Taskforce is in position to sort out the credible information from the incredible and provide the venues that provide it to those who need access to the information.  Use experts.
  • Advocacy, or using the power and persuasion of the Taskforce and its members, on behalf of those affected by the disaster through:  attention to proposed changes on local, state or federal legislation; strategizing to reduce conflict in order to promote resolution of problems; attendance at governmental hearings on behalf of those affected.
  • Keep the issues in front of the community.  Media (newspaper, television, radio, internet, community bulletin boards) may help tell the stories, contribute to the analyses about the causes and problems, bring public awareness, and help avoid misconceptions while providing accurate information.
  • Public relations (or reporting) information about Taskforce outreach efforts enhances community support, understanding of the issues, and serves to explain the use of generated financial and donated resources to donors.

 

 

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CONTACT INFO

Mr. Zachary Wolgemuth
Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries
United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3211
wolgemuthz@ucc.org