Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief

Austin Disaster Relief Network

Churches of Greater Austin Bringing Hope into Crisis

Austin, TX

Mission

To glorify Christ by equipping, empowering, and mobilizing a network of churches to respond to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those affected by disaster in the Greater Austin, TX area.

Ruling Year

2009

Executive Director and ADRN Founder

Daniel Geraci

Main Address

PO Box 15424

Austin, TX 78761 USA

Keywords

Disaster Relief

EIN

26-4789907

 Number

6849231472

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

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What we aim to solve

Through past disasters like 9/11, Katrina, 2011 Bastrop Fires, and 2015 Memorial Weekend Floods, we have quickly found out that our government, local agencies, churches and ministries alone are not big enough to embrace and handle the magnitude of destruction these disasters bring. Specifically government and local agencies are not equipped to minister to the overwhelming emotional and spiritual needs of individuals affected by a disaster.

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Disaster Relief Services

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Through past disasters like 9/11, Katrina, 2011 Bastrop Fires, 2015 Memorial Weekend Floods, and Hurricane Harvey we have quickly found out that our government, local agencies, churches, and ministries alone are not big enough to embrace and handle the magnitude of destruction these disasters bring. Specifically government and local agencies are not equipped to minister to the overwhelming emotional and spiritual needs of individuals affected by a disaster. With the threat of future hurricanes, tornadoes, escalating threats of terrorism, biochemical warfare, and pandemic catastrophes, the body of Christ in greater Austin, like Joseph in the Bible, needs to be equipped to respond to the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of these individuals. In preparation for these short and long-term disaster relief efforts, ADRN has developed and trained a network of churches and volunteers to organize, mobilize and connect in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

Network of Relationships ADRN Coordinates with local and state government, disaster agencies, businesses, ministries and the local church. We facilitate and assist in communication, building bridges and fostering trust and understanding between the various groups involved. Disaster Preparedness and Training We offer a variety of different training classes to prepare Christians emotionally, spiritually and physically for effectively responding in disaster. Our focus is to train them to be prepared and equipped to help their neighbor or city. ADRN also prepares churches to respond to emergencies within their community. Disaster Relief Operations We deploy trained volunteers in disaster in multiple areas such as: Incident Command, Trauma and Emotional Care, Chaplaincy, Case Management, Sponsoring Surviving Families, HAM Radio Communications, Call Center Operations, Warehouse, Clean-Up, and more. ADRN has coordinated and managed over 15,000 volunteers in disaster response.

Sectors ADRN has divided the greater Austin area into 12 sectors and is developing each of those sectors to respond to needs within a matter of hours after a disaster strikes. Each sector will have an ADRN Sector Leader that will organize and mobilize the community of churches, ministries and businesses within the sector to effectively work together. Disaster Relief Coordinators Each church, ministry or business participating will be asked to assign a dedicated Disaster Relief Coordinator (DRC) that will act as a liaison between their organization and ADRN. Sector Leaders ADRN's Sector Leaders will primarily work with the Disaster Relief Coordinators (DRC) in their sector to develop volunteers, collect data, organize vital resources within their organization, coordinate training, implement the organization's disaster plan, and collaborate with other DRCs within the sector. Church Designation Each church that joins the network will be given one of four designations, depending on the size of the church. These categories are: X-Large, Large, Medium or Small. By doing this, it will help us determine the number of families a church community may sponsor, depending on the number of people affected by the disaster. Ministry & Business Designation Each ministry and business that joins the network will also be designated as one of six categories: Food, Clothing, Shelter, Furniture, Warehouse, and Transportation. By categorizing ministries and businesses, this will help ADRN determine in advance our network's resources and help us work efficiently and effectively in a timely manner. Sponsoring Families Our ultimate goal is to make sure every family affected by a disaster is sponsored by our network of churches to provide for their emotional, physical and spiritual short and long-term needs in an effective, efficient and organized manner. We believe this is the Lord's heart. ADRN will help identify and train Disaster Relief Shepherds (those who will walk with these families) within a church and will provide additional resources to participating churches through our network of ministries and businesses, to help meet these families' needs.

ADRN responds to small and large disasters within our community and collaborates with the City of Austin, Travis and Hays County Office of Emergency Management, as well as other state agencies. To date, in 2017 ADRN has responded to 85 small incidents. Since 2009, Austin Disaster Relief Network has deployed to 17 major disasters assisting over 38,000 survivors and given away over 5.4 million dollars.

There are over 1,100 churches in the greater Austin Area, and today we have over 185 churches and growing in the network. We would like to grow the number of local churches trained and part of the network.

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