Our mission is to educate communities about disaster preparedness, provide management and personnel for active disasters, and direct recovery operations after a disaster.
When emergencies happen in rural communities, especially disasters that are severe or prolonged, the demands on local response agencies and healthcare facilities can quickly consume available resources. Disasters have complex effects, whether they are natural or man-made, and can occur without warning.
We rely on volunteers to the help prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. Volunteers make up over over 90 percent of our Disaster workforce and make it possible to respond to various disasters every year. Disaster volunteers also provide preparedness services and information before disaster strikes and assist those who have experienced a disaster with their recovery.