Our purposes are community disaster assistance and disaster preparedness. During disasters we convene nonprofit relief organizations into a coordinated response group. We need help explaining our purpose to get people to really envision the value and engage more organizations to want to be part of the planning process (public, private, nonprofit). It would be wonderful to have someone ask us the questions we need to answer to be able to communicate effectively.
Pre-disaster, we need to have more dialogue, with a more diverse group of organizations, to plan for disasters and how we can support the community. This next year is a great opportunity for us to strengthen relationships.
The mission of CADRE is to strengthen coordination of the disaster response and recovery efforts of non-profit, faith-based, government, private and other disaster relief entities in Santa Clara County, through partnerships, planning, training, exercises and emergency activation.
We provide free disaster resilience workshops and form pre-disaster collaborations. During disasters, we monitor the nonprofit disaster response to ensure we're maximizing the use of scarce resources. We work as a bridge between nonprofits and local government. We ensure that the nonprofit messages of inclusion are not ignored.