HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Prepare and respond, or PAR, is a faith-based organization composed of many Christian churches and volunteer groups. Following a disaster PAR deploys teams of trained volunteers and equipment to provide cleanup and victim support.
Friday the group held its 3rd annual fundraising golf tourney at Hampton Cove Golf Course.
“Several organizations came together, we realized we were doing disaster relief together, and we wanted to do it better,” explains PAR Communications Officer Jennifer Johnson.
Since PAR was formed in 2011 it has deployed to tornado impacted areas in Alabama including Harvest, Meridianville, Guntersville, Kilpatrick, and Huntsville.
“In the spring there was an F-3 tornado that hit south Huntsville and we realized there a lot of trees down on private property and that’s a big expense because insurance doesn’t always cover that,” says Johnson.
But PAR has also deployed out-of-state for major disasters.
“We also went out to Oklahoma after the tornadoes out there.”
PAR has 11 fully equipped disaster relief trailers. They hold training session twice yearly in order to respond with confidence.
“We come together and we learn safety and we learn how to use chain saws, we learn how to tarp roofs and we actually have a training certification,” Johnson says.
She explains fundraisers like the annual golf tournament help PAR stay ready for the next time they are needed.
PAR is a 100% volunteer organization and they welcome new individuals, churches, or volunteer groups to join in their mission. PAR relies on donations to fund their equipment and deployments.