Managed by the Tree of Life Food Bank, the 2020 Disaster Relief Fund was established to support damaged communities and budget for pending catastrophes that could occur throughout the SE U.S. before year-end. All funds raised were deployed to hurricane-devastated areas prior to the close of the 2020 calendar year.
On March 17, 2020, the UNCA mobilized a response to the COVID-19 Pandemic by coordinating targeted efforts with U.S. Public Health Services, Center for Disease Control (CDC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal and State VOAD’s and its interfaith network. The UNCA endeavors to respond to the challenges to reduce the loss of life, and ensure the effectiveness of disaster recovery.
By March 17, 2020, the Novel Coronavirus, a respiratory infection, named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO), caused more than 70 deaths in the U.S., with 3,700 confirmed since the onset of the illness in the U.S. on January 12, 2020, as reported by the CDC. The outbreak, which began in Wuhan, China, spread quickly to more than 100 countries, claiming over 167,000 lives worldwide, emerging as a global pandemic.
In response to the COVID-19, U.S. President Trump declared a state of national emergency and urged Americans to follow guidelines issued to steep the incline of the daily increasing cases of those infected by the disease. The guidelines and recommendations include cancellations of gatherings of 10 or more people, increasing personal sanitizing efforts, avoidance of travel, with travel bans extended to Italy, China, Iran, UK, Ireland and most of Europe, isolation of those already sick and quarantine of those with known exposure. Many communities enacted the extended closures of schools while reporting heightened levels of anxiety and over-consumption of food and critical resources.
On March 17, 2020, the UNCA mobilized a response to the COVID-19 Pandemic by coordinating targeted efforts with U.S. Public Health Services, Center for Disease Control (CDC), various state and county emergency managers, national and state VOAD partners, and its interfaith network. The UNCA endeavors to respond to the challenges to reduce the loss of life, and ensure the effectiveness of disaster recovery.
Phase One: From March 17, 2020, through May 31, 2020, the UNCA will coordinate Bulk Distribution Sites and provide Crisis Counseling Services. In partnership Florida Farm Share, NACC Disaster Services, the Tree of Life Food Bank, and its global network, the UNCA is coordinating with local emergency managers to distribute food, resources and logistical support to fulfill the meet the needs of partner organization serving vulnerable populations. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the UNCA has successfully established distribution channels throughout Duval, St. Johns, Marion, Nassau, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.
Additionally, the UNCA is working through its assigned regional chaplains in SC, NC, and LA to establish mass feedings sites. Due to the ongoing need, the focus will continue to be identifying the underserved and most vulnerable populations, the delivery of material resources, and addressing the emotional and mental trauma of those impacted by COVID-19.
The UNCA will provide: Grab-N-GO Distribution Sites and Staging Areas to Share Essential Goods
The UNCA will provide: Crisis Counseling for Spiritual and Emotional support
Phase Two: From June 1, 2020, through August 31, 2020, the UNCA will establish Multi-Agency Centers (MAC’s) to provide ease of access for local, federal and VOAD agencies, and service providers to collaborate throughout the long-term recovery period. The MAC’s also serve as a central location for citizens to receive services, as opposed to making multiple stops.
The UNCA will provide: Multi-Agency Centers for Logistical Support
Provide Coordinated Assistance and Management of Essential Services
Center Identification and Launching
Provide Optimal One-Stop Community Access to Service Providers
Provide Updated Information on the Extent of Population Needs
Provide Accessibility to Health and Testing Data
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UNCA Bulk Distribution Deployment
March 24, 2020
COVID-19 Pandemic Response Initiative Overview
Mission Support Registration Form