Crossings Disaster Response Team
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.
Want to join the team? As a Disaster Response Team member, you will have opportunities to “Restore Hope and Rebuild Lives” in a variety of ways. If you consider Crossings Community Church your church home, are at least 18 years old, and are willing to complete online training and a background check, we need you!
Please take a minute to scroll down this page to see the many areas of involvement available as a volunteer CDRT member. After reviewing the list, please use the sign-up form at the bottom of this page to select those areas that interest you (or to let us know you’d like to be contacted to receive more information), and a CDRT member will be in touch with you in the next few days.
CDRT offers the following areas of involvement:
General Clean Up Team (GCT)
Team members will clean up debris for those affected by minor and major disasters. GCT volunteer opportunities include:
The Damage Assessment GCT Member will:
- Communicate findings directly to Operations Manager
- Determine the extent of damage (major or minor) and what is needed on individual sites that have been requested for assistance, such as the number of volunteers, chain saws, etc.
Chain Saw Crew
The Chain Saw GCT Member will:
- Manage inventory of chain saws
- Perform chain saw maintenance
The Debris Removal GCT Member will:
- To extent requested and able, secure site from further damage related to weather or destruction
- Receive general safety briefing before disbursing to site
- Ensure members have appropriate gear and equipment
- Follow guidelines and priorities to serve affected areas
Spiritual – Emotional Comfort Team (SECT)
While general cleanup is done by GCT members, other volunteers will be on hand to encourage and comfort those affected. Team members will understand the emotional and psychological weight placed on affected persons and the need to represent Christ and His church to those suffering. SECT volunteering opportunities include:
Spiritual / Emotional Comfort Team
The SECT member will:
- Work as a trained member and/or a resource in another team group
- Be available to lead an opening prayer or spontaneous prayer for an immediate need
- Observe and be available for those who need encouragement and/or spiritual support
- Be available to share the message of Christ
- Communicate with SECT Manager regarding escalating spiritual/emotional needs
Comfort Care Resources
Resource Management Team (RMT)
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 aftermath of the May 20, 2013 tornado. RMT volunteer opportunities include:
- Identify and maintain current physical resources and equipment
- Develop criteria for acceptance, storage, and/or referral of donations
- Identify needs and relay to Operations Manager/Communications Team to update website daily
- Identify resources/donations to be utilized and/or distributed to others
- Determine sources to accept unneeded donations
- Identify resources available to transport/deliver donations
- Identify storage of accepted donations
- Coordinate volunteers for transportation of donations
Volunteer Management Team (VMT)
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. VMT volunteer opportunities include:
- Provide support for CDRT operations and for Command Center
- Arrange and conduct volunteer registration as needed for Cleanup / Debris removal forces and others actively working during disaster through the Command Center and other sites.
Communications Team (CT)
This team is responsible for the collection and central dissemination of information regarding disaster relief activities, which incorporates:
Phone Bank / Center
CCC Wellness Contacts
The CCC Wellness Contact CT member will:
- Identify Crossings members who are to be called
- Maintain responses of members called
- Forward requests for relief to Operations Manager/Management Team for appropriate response
Social Media / CDRT Website
- Develop content for posting on web page
- Develop content for release on Twitter / Facebook
- Coordinate release of information with CCC Communications director
Click here to sign up or request further information!
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.
For More Information
Habitat for Humanity
As part of our Crossings Disaster Response Team (CDRT) efforts, we were privileged to partner with the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild lives and restore hope through constructing four new homes for families impacted by the May 2013 tornadoes.
Thank you to the hundreds of CDRT members who truly were the hands and feet of Christ to these families – and to the thousands who helped in all areas of involvement as part of the entire CDRT team. Please view the video and photo gallery below for a glimpse of their service in the days and months that followed the devastation left from this natural disaster.
Check out the articles, videos, and photos of the great work CDRT is doing!
Read the article, “Habitat for Humanity Rebuilds Home Lost in Tornado,” here!
Read the article, “A Year of Healing and Rebuilding in Moore” here!
Check out some of the awesome work CDRT has been doing! Click each thumbnail to view the full size image.