“Helping heals the helpers as well as those who are helped”
– Abe Powell Co-Founder – CEO
We know natural disasters change communities, but how we change is up to us.
The Disaster Cycle: Our Current Reality
Immediate response to a disaster is a flurry of activity and a tremendous investment of resources over a few days. Mitigation starts almost immediately but there is a delay before recovery resources are activated. Short-term recovery (3-6 months) blends into long-term recovery which is usually well-resourced for 9-18 months but can take many years. Post-disaster assessment leads to some planning, prevention and preparation, but these efforts diminish over time and we tend to collectively forget the severity and cost of previous disasters.
The Gaps: Where Systems Fail
The roots of the Bucket Brigade have grown in response to local disasters over many decades. Each time, we’ve seen the same needs and gaps in services, and each time, we get a little better at helping to meet those needs. Nobody wants to be alone in this – cleaning up our homes and yards, rebuilding, and preparing for the next disaster. The process of preparing together, responding together, recovering and rebuilding as a real community is the best way possible to weave a genuine community safety net.
Our Plan: Building Capacity for Resilience
We build grassroots resilience capacity every day:
- We organize local communities and volunteer leaders for resilience and cooperation.
- We train volunteers and volunteer leaders to be prepared for cooperative action at the Bucket Brigade Academy and through year-round Community Uplift Projects.
- We deploy spontaneous volunteers for disaster relief and to provide humanitarian aid in response to community crises.