One doesn’t have to live in Oklahoma long to realize it is one of the greatest places on earth. That said, it is also a place that can present some tremendous seasonal changes. Ice storms, floods, wildfires, violent tornados, and yes, even earthquakes, are a part of life for Oklahoma residents.
Driven by our great compassion and desire to be the hands and feet of Christ, Crossings Community Church created the Crossings Disaster Response Team (CDRT) to restore hope and rebuild lives when disaster strikes.
CDRT offers the following areas of involvement:
General Clean Up: Team members will clean up debris for those affected by minor and major disasters.
- Chain Saw Team: This team will remove damaged trees and other debris blocking doorways and/or driveways, trees leaning against homes, and limbs broken through roofs or causing a hazard in yards. Experience in operating a chain saw is desirable but not mandatory. Members of this team must be willing to attend training sessions in chain saw operation and safety and must be able to endure strenuous outdoor work.
Spiritual and Emotional Comfort: While general clean up is being done by CDRT members, other members will be on hand to encourage and comfort those being affected. Team members will understand the emotional and psychological weight placed on victims in order to appropriately represent Christ and His church to those suffering.
- Prayer and/or Encouragement to Victims
- Lay Chaplains
Resource Management: As may be required in certain disasters, team members will organize and administrate the promotion, collection, and transportation of needed resources to areas affected. This could involve setting up and operating a temporary resource center as was done in the after-math of the May 20th 2013 tornado.
- Donation Center Management
- Organize Collection
- Organize Distribution
Volunteer Management: Larger scale disasters require mobilization of large numbers of non-CDRT volunteers who need to be organized, registered, oriented, and dispatched to assist where needed. This team manages this effort.
Generalists: Many CDRT members will prefer to help where needed. With the exception of teams requiring additional training like the Chainsaw Crew or lay chaplains, team members will receive alerts as various needs arise. Needs could range from basic clean up, making or delivering meals to rescue workers, helping victims fill out papers work for assistance, or any number of administrative tasks.
- Phone Bank: CDRT members will man phone lines to assist church staff provide necessary information to members, and others calling the church office in the after-math of a major disaster.
- CCC Wellness Contacts: CDRT members will assist church staff in making calls to assess needs of Crossings members who live in an affected area.
Social Media/CDRT WebSite: CDRT members will work closely and provide church staff members up to date pertinent information so staff can keep everyone accurately informed.
- Social Media/CDRT WebSite: CDRT members will work closely and provide church staff members up to date pertinent information so staff can keep everyone accurately informed.
When disaster strikes, people often feel helpless because they don’t know where to turn. In many cases, just a cup of coffee, a blanket, a place to get warm and rest or a smiling face to talk to are all a person needs to feel a little better.