Reaching out to help those in need no matter what the circumstance, Churches of Scientology Disaster Response (CSDR) staff and volunteers have for more that 25 years brought relief to those devastated by earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, bombings, shootings and other disasters.
CSDR is the Church of Scientology’s disaster response program operating in most of the 50 states, as well as deploying volunteers on a regular basis to foreign countries to support our international Church’s disaster efforts.
CSDR has been a member of the National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) since 2006 and works closely with other disaster organizations to bring the needed relief and care to those who are affected.
Its executive teams are trained in assessing the damage following a disaster in order to determine what services will be needed from our volunteers.
CSDR specializes in Spiritual Care, knowing that trauma, loss, upset, stress and confusion affect survivors and responders as well as care-givers in their ability to recover from and deal with the aftermath of disasters.
Its staff and volunteers are professionally trained to address these spiritual aspects of emergencies, bring order and calm into the area as well as address the physical needs following a disaster such as clean up, blue tarping, sheltering, serving food, and many other unmet needs in order for survivors to regain their ability to recover more quickly.
CSDR team leaders take particular care in seeing that their professional teams have background checks, are trained in numerous FEMA courses as well as sheltering, mass care and other specialized trainings such as food handling and chain saws, in order to be as effective as possible. CSDR also has as part of its specialized teams, when needed, professional registered nurses, EMTs, and search and rescue experts.
Continuing from their first major response following the 1994 Northridge, California Earthquake, CSDR staff and volunteers have responded to just about every major disaster including 9-11, Katrina, Sandy, Alabama tornadoes, Florida hurricanes, OK tornadoes to name a few.
CSDR and their Volunteer Ministers are proud to be team members working along side of other National VOAD member organizations during disaster times as well in between disasters at the national and state levels.