CARD – Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters is closing.Dear Friends,
It is with true gratitude and deep sadness that we announce that CARD – Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters is closing. For the last 26 years it has been our honor and privilege to address the unique preparedness, response, and continuity needs of Alameda County service providers and the diverse consumers they support. The last rounds of County cuts and other funding delays proved to be insurmountable.
We close honoring our local nonprofit partners and their consumers. Their commitment and willingness to partner with CARD allowed us to create innovations, documented successes, and new understandings of how readiness can be shared. Very few donors and foundations invest in culturally appropriate and sustainable readiness for service providers, so we are especially proud that so many agencies – without disaster missions, monies, or mandates – embraced CARD’s alternative fear-free approach.
To our long time supporters — all of you who gave us your time, treasure, or talents — we give you our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. You were part of building the nonprofit preparedness movement. What you nurtured and supported continues to spread across the country, and internationally.
While local service agencies are always encouraged to work with their city government partners, the ultimate responsibility for maintaining readiness and response capacity for Alameda County rests at the Operational Area level. For as long as we are able, we will continue to work with county agencies, both to receive the dollars owed to CARD and to ensure they have what they need to appropriately address CARD’s closure.
Inquires related to how Alameda County will ensure that diverse service providers are fully included, and how they will address the needs that were formerly fulfilled by CARD, should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org (this email goes to Pace Stokes, Paul Hess, and Terri Langdon), 925.803.7800.