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I'm interested in information and experiences from anyone that has participated in any LDC Disaster Relief project.

 

I'd like to learn about lodging, transportation, meals, skills, organization, schedule, etc. Anything that someone volunteering for the first time would need to know.

 

Here is a nice video about Disaster Relief

https://tv.jw.org/#en/mediaitems/VODActivitiesReliefWork/pub-jwbrd_201505_3_VIDEO

 

...No jokes please, I'd like to keep this topic informative.

 

 


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6 hours ago, Tortuga said:

I'd like to learn about lodging, transportation, meals, skills, organization, schedule, etc. Anything that someone volunteering for the first time would need to know.

 

These are variables that can change according to the disaster - there are no "normal" procedures when it comes to a disaster so, each one is handled according to the current needs and conditions.

 

Take Harvey, for example. If the flooding and damage is as widespread as is feared, there will be no place for lodging, travel may be restricted, so that will have an impact on transportation, etc. 

 

One thing that does not change with the LDC arrangement for disaster relief: If you do not have an active DC-50 on file with the LDC, you will not be invited to participate. If you are invited, you will get your assignment based on what is needed and your stated/evaluated skills. You are asked NOT to go to any disaster area without being invited and assigned.

 

Another thing that may apply to a large-scale disaster like Harvey, you may also be required to have a current tetanus shot.

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1 hour ago, Qapla said:

One thing that does not change with the LDC arrangement for disaster relief: If you do not have an active DC-50 on file with the LDC, you will not be invited to participate. If you are invited, you will get your assignment based on what is needed and your stated/evaluated skills. You are asked NOT to go to any disaster area without being invited and assigned.

 

The DC-50 also needs to show that you are willing and able to help with Disaster Relief, according to the BA Help file, if you didn't mark "Disaster Relief" on the DC-50, then you need to submitted another DC-50 to your Service Committee.  

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I assume that if the LDC Disaster Relief needs help from outside of the disaster area they use BA to invite volunteers close to the disaster area first and then keep enlarging the invitation range until they get enough volunteers with the right skills, so someone in California may not receive an invitation, however I haven't found any information to confirm if that is the correct process,

 

I'm also assuming the BA invitation would include a date range and the volunteer selects the dates they are available, just like a construction project.

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10 minutes ago, Tortuga said:

I assume that if the LDC Disaster Relief needs help from outside of the disaster area they use BA to invite volunteers close to the disaster area first and then keep enlarging the invitation range until they get enough volunteers with the right skills, so someone in California may not receive an invitation, however I haven't found any information to confirm if that is the correct process,

 

I'm also assuming the BA invitation would include a date range and the volunteer selects the dates they are available, just like a construction project.

Brother Richard...what does BA stand for?:confused:

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It is correct that BA is used to send the invitation in the way you explained with the exception of certain fields that may require specific training or certification. In these cases, those individuals are invited regardless of their proximity to the work 

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Our congregation secretary said that I needed to submit a new DC-50 if I wanted to add Disaster Relief so I did that Sunday. He said he isn't able to make the changes on-line so it has to be processed by the LDC, I don't know how long that process takes. Anyway, the ball is rolling and it's in Jehovah's hands. 

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:thumbsup:

 

There are skills designated for Disaster Relief that are not regularly covered in the LDC skills for building. Some of these cover remediation and communications - there has been a need for ones with HAM Radio equipment and license


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49 minutes ago, Qapla said:

:thumbsup:

 

There are skills designated for Disaster Relief that are not regularly covered in the LDC skills for building. Some of these cover remediation and communications - there has been a need for ones with HAM Radio equipment and license

I hope they need a middle aged couch potato because that is the only skill that I have...

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11 hours ago, Tortuga said:

Does anyone know if any airlines are offering discounts to Disaster Relief volunteers?

 

If I get invited to help with Disaster Relief I'd love to take advantage of any travel discounts.. 

It appears there may be some effort on the part of airlines.

You might try here  http://www.flyforgood.com/airfare/

 

Google airline disaster relief

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11 minutes ago, Old said:

It appears there may be some effort on the part of airlines.

You might try here  http://www.flyforgood.com/airfare/

 

Google airline disaster relief

 

Thanks,  their FAQ says they will require proof that I'm working for a nonprofit organization. That's good to know ahead of time. If I get an invite from LDC I'll need to see if that is sufficient proof.

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Well, I guess I will not have to worry about that. For one, Florida is one of the states that are requiring the new Real ID when you renew - and I have to renew this year.

 

But, more than that, if I can't drive there or ride a train or bus, I won't be going.

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21 hours ago, Old said:

It appears there may be some effort on the part of airlines.

You might try here  http://www.flyforgood.com/airfare/

 

Google airline disaster relief

Thank you for the suggestion. I emailed flyforgood.com and received this reply.

 

Hello Richard, 

We do not have domestic contracted fares. We can help with your ticket but our fares would be the same as you may be seeing already and we have a $30 ticketing service fee. 

Please advise your travel details if you would like a quote.

Thank you

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