The mission of the IDC is to support the development of a faith-based preparedness, response and recovery to disasters in San Diego County that is coordinated and integrated with the efforts of other responding agencies.
Primary Participants and Benefits
IDC participants are individual faith centers/houses of worship.
Participation in IDC offers hands-on, interactive learning and networking opportunities, allowing participants to offer their support to responders in a suitable capacity. IDC participants benefit through engaging in education and training for both disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Developing an understanding of the disaster response coordination throughout San Diego County allows IDC participants to identify areas where they can support disaster response and recovery.
The guide team:
- ensures the long term viability and effectiveness of IDC
- provides for the overall accomplishment of IDC goals and activities
- manages details for guide team and participant meetings (develop agendas, email agendas and meeting announcements, chair, take meeting minutes)
- accesses the needed expertise to provide trainings
- helps open doors for outreach and engagement
- helps identify and access sources for any needed financial support
- designates a representative for IDC at VOAD meetings
The IDC seeks to provide disaster preparedness/response education and support to all faith centers in San Diego County, through:
- Assisting with the development of emergency response plans for each faith center, including continuity of operations.
- Assisting faith centers to support the development of family disaster plans for faith center members and the community.
- Identifying capabilities and available resources to support a regional disaster response effort. Ensure the County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services (OES) and local jurisdictions have an understanding of the capabilities.
- Holding IDC networking and training events to keep capabilities current, develop new capabilities, and support relationship building as a primary support element for the network
- Making resiliency an integral component of faith community preparedness and response efforts.
- Creating a vibrant outreach effort
- Establishing a communication system to cover all levels: between the each faith center and its congregation and community, between the faith centers and the IDC, and between the IDC and OES or other local responders. Seek to have this system be regional, and capable of real time communication when internet and phone systems are inoperative.
- Working closely with OES, VOAD and other agencies to avoid duplication of effort and assist with the most effective coordination possible. Interface with the VOAD faith-based committee.
- Sharing information, and advocating where necessary, with other agencies and groups, about differences in faith groups and the need for differential responses that are appropriate to those groups, such as, for example, food requirements, keeping females separate from males, language issues, or cultural issues.
- Seeking the active involvement of the clergy associations in the outreach to the faith centers in their geographic area, and support the involvement by the faith centers in each area with CERTs, town councils and similar groups.