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Reducing Our Risk
Organization: City of Arlington Fire Department's Office of Emergency Management
The news of a city devastated by disaster generally inspires individuals to provide humanitarian aid by volunteering or donating relief items. If the coordination of spontaneous volunteers and donations are not managed efficiently, it may inadvertently cause a cascade effect and become a secondary disaster to the initial disaster.
Mission Arlington is a faith-based charity organization that relieves the City of Arlington Fire Department’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) of donations management in the aftermath of a disaster. All donations are collected and sorted through Mission Arlington and can be deployed at the request of OEM to fulfill unmet needs.
Arlington Christian Disaster Network (ACDN) is a collaborative effort among Arlington faith-based organizations (FBOs) to provide trained volunteers ready to meet the emergency needs of the community. ACDN is responsible for the implementation of the City’s Volunteer Reception Centers (VRCs). Two ACDN facilities are designated as the VRC locations which are operated and staffed by trained ACDN members.
The partnerships with these FBOs allow public safety to focus on priority response and recovery efforts.