Disaster Preparedness and Response Ministry Team
We live in a tumultuous time, full of natural and human disasters. God calls us to care for our brothers and sisters, but good intentions aren’t enough. The Disaster Preparedness and Response Ministry Team (DPRMT) exists to establish and coordinate disaster preparation and relief efforts within and beyond the conference borders. We go beyond sending thoughts, prayers, and worn-out clothing and look for the most effective ways to give, from our dollars to our time.
DPRMT concentrates on four areas:
- Preparedness – We want to do more than just respond after disaster hits. DPRMT produces materials to assist congregations and families in preparing for emergencies, such as the Emergency Management Flip Chart. We also encourage congregations to collect contact information so they can assist their members at the time of a disaster.
- Relief Coordination – We don’t try to swoop in and save the day because we know we don’t have all the solutions. Instead, we communicate and collaborate with other volunteer and governmental agencies so that we do not become part of the “second disaster” with unusable donations or unskilled volunteers.
- Material Collection – We coordinate collection and delivery of food, clothing, rebuilding supplies and other materials needed for disaster recovery. We also raise funds as needed for disaster recovery.
- Recovery Work – We train volunteers and host disaster recovery work camps throughout the geographical boundaries of the conference.
DPRMT meets 2-3 times a year at the conference office in Indianapolis and several other times through conference calls. Please contact Mary Anna Speller for more information about getting involved.
Mary Anna Speller
Disaster Coordinator, IKC
Prince of Peace UCC
Contact Mary using the form below.