Project Management is what puts ROAD in the driver’s seat for effective disaster Response and Recovery. Our Project Managers are a critical component in the Disaster Survivor, Disaster Case Manager, Long Term Recovery Committee, and Volunteer Team coordination and relationship.
During Response, disaster case managers enter Work Orders into our DIRRT database listing what the disaster survivor has stated as their immediate need. Project managers meet with disaster survivors in the immediacy of their need to assess the scope and scale of the damages and whether we can offer assistance through one of our labor resources.
Similarly in Recovery, disaster case managers enter an Assessment Request into DIRRT which is followed by a thorough damage assessment by our project managers providing a materials list with costs to repair the disaster related damages to the family’s home. This assessment is then advocated to the Long-Term Recovery committees Unmet Needs group by the disaster case manager requesting financial or materials support to meet the need. Once funded a Scope of Work is created in DIRRT making that project ready for repairs.
Every Work Order in Response and Scope of Work in Recovery is listed on an online project map allowing potential volunteers to see the needs. ROAD serves independent volunteer teams from churches, universities, businesses, etc. as well as their in-house vocational labor teams, AmeriCorps teams, among many others. ROAD also collaborates across other organizations that serve volunteers who can meet the needs.
Through our project management ROAD can serve a team of volunteers with any skill level. From no skill to highly skilled we can make your team successful in helping to make a home home again. When the team shows up on a project site day one, the project manager will have the materials and a ROAD tool trailer ready to begin the work. The project manager will stay with the team each day providing instruction, oversite, safety, and hands-on learning for as much as the team has need.
The project manager enters a status update and expenses into DIRRT following each team to ensure that every project is completed and within the allowed funding.