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Always Preparing for Disasters

Even as the world has seemed to turn upside down from COVID-19, we must remember that other kinds of natural disasters could happen at any time. We are several weeks into the Atlantic hurricane season — which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts will be busier than usual — drought is affecting the island of Puerto Rico, massive flooding and tropical storms have already hit several parts of the world. Even during a pandemic, we have to be ready. 

As you and your family prepare for the unexpected, know that our teams at Convoy of Hope are constantly readying themselves for the next deployment. Convoy of Hope teams regularly train to use chainsaws, heavy equipment, electric pallet jacks, and CPR/first aid. Staying knowledgeable and certified on these skills is vital to our work. 

You and your family can prepare as well, though without the heavy equipment. Make sure you are up to date on what you need to in case disaster strikes by visiting ready.gov. There you can also find tips on building emergency kits and creating plans for you and your family. Get the kids involved too, and make sure that should worse come to worst, you and your family know what to do and where to go. 

If you are interested in helping those whose lives have been turned upside down by a disaster, you can donate at convoyofhope.org or check out our kit building instructions to pitch in and help those in need. As always, you can stay up to date on all of our disaster responses by visiting convoyofhope.org/blog.

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Convoy of Hope's Community Event's Director, Steve Pulis is trained by our Disaster Services team to operate an electric pallet jack. Cross-training our staff allows us to deploy more qualified personnel when they are needed. Convoy of Hope's Community Event's Director, Steve Pulis is trained by our Disaster Services team to operate an electric pallet jack. Cross-training our staff allows us to deploy more qualified personnel when they are needed.

Cross-training leads to Greater Capacity

In today’s ever-changing world, Convoy of Hope is focusing on finding new and innovative ways to provide help. The models for our Community Events, disaster responses, and international work are nimble and have found new ways to continue and even expand our capacity during this strenuous time. 

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team held a two-day training where attendees learned the ins and outs of responding to disasters. The training covered why Disaster Services does what it does, their processes and methods of distribution, debris clean-up process, and electric pallet jack certification.

Many of those in attendance were members of Convoy of Hope’s Community Events staff. In order to better serve in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Events decided to change to a point of distribution (POD) model like the one Disaster Services uses. This allows them to serve more people,in a way that is safe for our guests and volunteers. 

“We really want to be cross-trained so we can do more when it comes to the work we do here in the United States,” says Community Events Senior Director Steve Pulis. “When we restructured to focus on PODs, the Disaster Services teams — the ones that have perfected that model inside and out — had best practices we could follow. The more our U.S. program can cross lines, collaborate, cross train, and pick up strategies from each other, the better we can come alongside churches and partners.”

Across the U.S., the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to change the way we do things. In the face of difficulty, let’s choose to keep helping others, change our tactics if we need to, and ask each other for help along the way. 

Visit convoyofhope.org/events for more information on ways you can partner with Convoy of Hope in 2020.

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Distributing hygiene kits are an essential part of Convoy of Hope's response to COVID-19. Distributing hygiene kits are an essential part of Convoy of Hope's response to COVID-19.

Get Involved by making hygiene kits

Even though the world is keeping their social distance, there are still plenty of opportunities to be kind that keep everyone safe. One way you can help others right now is by building hygiene kits. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

1.  Download the hygiene kit instructions.
2.  Assemble your kit.
3.  Send your kit to Convoy of Hope.

With the help of volunteers all over the country, we send tens of thousands of these kits to families in need every year. They help moms, dads, and kids get back on their feet in situations that can feel overwhelming, regardless of whether it’s because of a natural disaster or a global pandemic.

Build your kit today and be a part of the kindness revolution.

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