SUMMIT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

BREAKOUT SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Below are the breakout sessions that will be available at the 2018 Summit along with their descriptions.

LESSONS LEARNED FROM HARVEY RESPONSE & RELIEF

When the rain started falling, and the waters started rising, churches began helping. The scope and scale of Harvey required a flurry of activity, but now, with the benefit of time, we must learn from that flurry. What did we learn about how churches work in their communities, and how they work with other churches and community organizations? How did churches communicate with those who needed help, or even with volunteers coming from outside the city? Most of all, what worked best in the wake of the storm and what have we learned not to do again? 

 

Moderator:

  • Josh Ellis, Executive Director of Union Baptist Association

 

 

COORDINATION & PREPARATION FOR THE NEXT DISASTER

Can you imagine a football team without a game plan of any kind?  They would look like those five-year-olds on the soccer team, scurrying around in a pack getting in each other’s way. That is what our uncoordinated disaster relief efforts have looked like in the past.  But we can do better. In this session, we will explore what a highly organized collaborative disaster relief effort would look like and learn what it takes for disaster networks to develop a well-orchestrated response in cooperation with the Red Cross and city and county officials. 

 

Moderators:

  • Godfrey Hubert, President & Founder of Hope Disaster Recovery & Pastor Emeritus of Foundry Church

  • Andy Meyer, American Red Cross Disaster Program Manager

 

 

THE BUSINESS OF DISASTER RECOVERY: LEGAL, FINANCIAL & INSURANCE 

While short-term disaster recovery is about reacting to the immediate needs around you, engaging in mid- and long-term recovery is more akin to running a small business. The keys to business success are systems, planning, and good counsel. Our panelists will include an attorney, an accountant & non-profit tax specialist, and an insurance broker. This panel will lead us through the critical areas of non-profit creation (incorporation, by-laws, 501(c)(3) exemption), governance (board of directors recruitment & management, accounting for receipts & expenditures, taxes, managing grants), and risk management (insurance coverage & procedure development).

 

Moderators:

  • Tom Pretti, CEO of Katy Responds

  • Gary Flaharty, Executive Director of SHUR (Southwest Houston United Responds)

 

 

ENGAGING PEOPLE, CHURCHES & PARTNERS

Houston has a hidden crisis: 100,000 families displaced or living in gutted homes. We believe a critical element is more neighbors loving neighbors and more servant laborers – in other words, the church!  Yet, most churches have not engaged in long-term recovery work. Why not? Why should they? If they should, how can they effectively engage? We think we know the key, both to engaging people, churches, and partners in sustainable transformational long-term recovery ministry. What it is may surprise you. Come and see!

Panelists:

  • Irvin Clark, Christian Tabernacle & Houston Responds

  • Beth Kauffman, Disaster Recovery Coordinator at Presbytery of New Covenant

  • Thomasina Burns, North Channel Collaboration

 

Moderator:

  • Jeff Schulz, Houston Responds Director of Networks

 

 

FAMILY & COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Would you like to know how you can walk with families and help revitalize neighborhoods and communities?  What do case management and neighborhood canvassing look like? This multi-panel breakout will encompass: Walking with Families through Recovery, Assessing Community Needs, Neighborhood Ownership, and Supporting Disaster Case Managers.  

 

Panelists:

  • Gary Scoggins, Chairman Galveston County Recovers LTRG

  • Julie Jackson, Bayou City Relief, Advocate Coordinator

  • Khara Bong, Bayou City Relief, Community Organizer

  • Cathy Beasley, Hope Disaster Recovery Lay Chaplaincy

  • Deanna Poehlman, Hope Disaster Recovery Program Director-Case Management

 

Moderators:

  • Colleen Henneke, Director of Bayou City Fellowship & NE Inner Loop Coalition

  • Gail Murray, Operations Director of Hope Disaster Recovery

 

 

RECOVERY LEADERSHIP BASICS

Need a quick course in long-term disaster recovery, a guide to all those agencies, or a better understanding of how volunteers can help transform their communities? This multi-panel breakout will encompass the following topics:

  • The 4 C’s of Recovery (Cooperation, Communication, Coordination & Collaboration),

  • Who are the players and what do they do (LTRC/LTRG, VOAD, DCM, FEMA, SBP, Red Cross, United Way, BakerRipley, et al.)

  • How to mobilize local and out-of-town volunteers to stretch recovery dollars and reach more families (volunteer roles, recruitment, coordination, and hosting.
     

Panelists details coming soon.

 

Moderators:

  • Beth Kauffman, Disaster Recovery Coordinator at Presbytery of New Covenant

  • Gail Murray, Operations Director of Hope Disaster Recovery

 

 

CONSTRUCTION LEADERSHIP 101

Measure twice and cut once.  Knowledge, especially from experience, is key in the construction world.  Learn from and or ask questions of our panel of recovery leaders with hundreds of repaired homes under their belts. Our panel will cover high level best practices including assessments & scope of work, mold remediation, general construction, project management, volunteer training, and skilled labor development.

 

Panelists will include leaders from:

  • Harris County LTRG Repair & Rebuild

  • Fort Bend County LTRG Repair & Rebuild

  • Eight Days of Hope

  • SBP USA and more...

 

Moderators:

  • Trevor Barnett, Director of West Houston Restoration Coalition

  • Dan Holman of ReachGlobal Crisis Response

IMMEDIATE RELIEF MANAGEMENT & SHELTERS WITH THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

When disaster strikes, churches and people of faith are right behind our first responders prepared to serve in many ways from helping neighbors evacuate as waters are rising, opening and staffing shelters, to building teams of volunteers that quickly meet the immediate relief needs of their community.

 

This breakout focus is being prepared for the first three critical days by covering:

  • Incident Command System the method used nationwide as emergency managers plan, resource, and execute disaster responses.

  • Preparing, opening, and supporting a community shelter

  • Developing and training an immediate disaster response volunteer base 

 

Moderators:

  • Jim Ward, NE Disaster Response Network

  • Andy Meyer, American Red Cross Disaster Program Manager

 

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