HOW WE FUNCTION
United Missions is made up of Christian volunteer teams of men and equipment, dispersed into the local community, through a network of churches. Many of our volunteers are US Military and Law Enforcement Veterans, highly trained in emergency response. A team is typically, two volunteers and a truck, stocked & equipped to function in the field with little or no support.
The sharp increase in the number of natural and man-made disasters, worldwide, in recent years has prompted the formation of United Missions.
Through our Christian humanitarian efforts, we strive to spread the Gospel, while addressing physical needs during times of crisis. Disaster response represents the largest portion of the UM’s mission, with assistance to local, national & international populations, from refugees to victims of natural disasters, making up the majority of those efforts.
Immediate Action: When the call goes out, United Missions has “wheels turning” within minutes. Local UM team(s) deploy to the scene and link up with local Law Enforcement. In times of National or International crisis, some or all of United Missions assets can converge on site, ready to link up with and support Local officials and/or other NGO’s, such as Red Cross, Salvation Army and Samaritan’s Purse.
No matter how big or small the need, United Missions, is ready to put competent workers and much needed equipment “on the ground” when the call goes out.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE UNIT
An Emergency Response Unit (ERU) is a standardized package, consisting of a heavy-duty, off-road capable truck, trained personnel and modules of equipment, ready to be deployed at short notice. The units are fully self-sufficient for one week and can be deployed for as long as needed.
When are ERUs deployed?
ERUs provide specific services where local infrastructure is damaged, temporarily out of service or insufficient to cope with the needs.
ERU deployment depends largely on the following factors:
- magnitude and evolution of the disaster;
- needs of vulnerable people;
- capacity of the local UM and/or other resources;
- UM resources (human, financial and material) available
Local: For local operations, ERU’s can be used at the discretion of the local team assigned to that ERU, based on request of local LEO’s. Typically a request should be made to UM centralized services for mission approval. However, in case of dire emergency the ERU can be deployed immediately with reason and justification provided in the After Action Report (AAR).
Non-Local: ERUs are part of the dispersed yet unified UM Disaster Response system. Therefore the local ERU teams can be mobilized for use in large emergency response operations, when National or International assistance is needed.
If the need for assistance continues after the ERU’s immediate action role comes to an end, UM’s assets can stay on site to provide logistical support in the ongoing recovery operation.
If a Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) assessment or disaster response plan recommends the deployment of one or more ERU units, specific requests are made for the type required, such as water and sanitation or basic health care. Local officials requesting the ERUs will then be asked to source availability.
The Deputy Director of UM, makes the final decision on non-local deployment, based on the assessment report and advice from technical departments such as health, logistics, field support and telecommunications. If the go-ahead is given, ERUs will deploy outside of their local communities.
Once the UM team(s) receives a non-local deployment order, all material and equipment should be ready for dispatch within 6 hours. The ERU is operational anyplace in the field, nationally, within 3 days or less.
During the first weeks, the ERU gradually integrates into existing local systems and structures. After Immediate action, the unit can stay on site to assist the host LEO or other NGO’s as needed. After one month in the field, the ERU will be called back to its home region. In rare cases the UM Deputy Director may authorize longer field deployments.
The dispersed, regionalized structure of UM, ensures UM teams can source and deliver relief items and services to assist the most vulnerable quickly and efficiently – and in close proximity to operations. These units’ support logistics operations in an emergency situation and can be deployed within minutes of a disaster occurring.