St. Marks works with local emergency response organizations to be prepared for adequate and coordinated responses to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, fires or pandemic disease outbreaks, through coordination with other churches, first responders and other relief organizations.
St. Marks Disaster Response Plan Task Force
Has developed a Disaster Response Plan in case of natural or man-made disaster, terrorism or pandemic outbreak. Keeps emergency contact records of all St. Marks members and constituents. Shatara Travis, Coordinator, (916) 533-4309.
California Nevada UMC Annual Conference Disaster Coordinator
Responsible for managing and implementing UMC disaster response plans for the entire Annual Conference of 400 United Methodist Churches at the direction of the Bishop and in coordination with Red Cross, U.M.C.O.R. and various first responders. Norm Hardin, Conference Coordinator.
American Red Cross–Capital Region Chapter:
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation’s premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering. Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs. Also, Red Cross works closely with Habitat for Humanity, UM-Volunteers in Mission and other faith-based organizations.
Sacramento Regional VOAD–Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters:
St Marks has a seat at this table of NGOs and non-profits, which coordinate resources and work with local and state government agencies to prepare for and respond to disasters. St Marks is the place-holder for UMCOR and other Ca-Nv Annual Conference connections at this regional level. This regional VOAD network includes 2-1-1 Sacramento and the local offices of many other agencies, such as Food Link, Salvation Army, the local Seventh Day Adventists and Southern Baptists who are active in the day-to-day fight against hunger and homelessness.