Having personally experienced the trauma that comes with natural disaster, we understand what it's like. As community leaders, we have worked to help provide for our communities’ needs throughout recovery. Fires, floods, mudslides, and tornadoes destroyed all, or parts, of our towns. But we, alongside our communities, rose from the ashes and debris. While we were on the emotional roller coaster of recovery, we all asked ourselves,
“Disasters happen, where are the people who have been through this?" and "How can we reach them?”
Well, now we can; and, so can you.
Our mission is to work with community leaders new to disaster and support them emotionally while sharing our experience and knowledge. We want to make it easier, less stressful, and to reduce the length of a community’s recovery.
Although communities are in charge of their own recovery, we can share what we have learned as a leadership team to create a clearer path for them to follow.
Experienced Disaster Recovery Leaders
Adept at Establishing Long-Term Recovery Organizations
Offering Emotional Support for Community Leaders
Team member and disaster veteran Christine Files (Bastrop, TX) approached Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) to bring together disaster leaders they had worked with from across the region. In September 2016, the group met and shared experiences and stories. It was evident this group was filled with strong, determined leaders who were ready to help other communities facing the long road of disaster recovery.
Tornadoes, wildfires, floods, mudslides, and hurricanes, the Disaster Leadership Team members are available to help communities establish the infrastructure needed for disaster recovery.
We want to be there to support others who are facing the unbelievable obstacles and challenges that accompany disaster.