OP-ED: Emergency Preparedness Organization – CARD – Needs Community Support


By Sue Piper


Ever since the 1991 firestorm, I have dedicated my volunteer activities to emergency preparedness. I am asking people to support of one important emergency preparedness organization–––Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters, better known as CARD–––that will close its doors immediately without community members’ help.


Delays, cuts, and hurdles with local government and other funding sources now threaten CARD’s ability to provide services to hundreds of nonprofits and the tens of thousands of people they serve.


CARD needs $12,000 by Aug. 31 to prevent immediate loss of staff and programs. It needs more than $50,000 to tide it over until November, when funds previously committed are anticipated to start flowing again.


CARD is the nonprofit created by local agencies after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake to address the unique and nuanced needs of our diverse community and the nonprofits that serve them.



CARD is known for removing fear/threat-based messages from preparedness, reframing readiness to make is mission-focused and for creating custom tools and training’s for at-risk communities.


CARD has won multiple awards for its innovations in emergency services.


During disasters CARD serves as the coordinating point for local nonprofits. It provides Just in Time training’s in critical subjects such as the Incident Command System, and its office is designed to function as an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for nonprofits and faith agencies.


CARD serves over 10,000 people per year, through over 200 community engagements.


Please join me in helping CARD in its time of need, just as CARD has helped our community in our times of need.


CARD has set up a GoFundMe campaign to make donating and sharing easy:www.GoFundMe.com/GoFearFree.


To donate directly: http://cardcanhelp.org/how-to-help/donate


CARD, Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters, is located at 1736 Franklin St., Suite 450, in Oakland.


For information, call (510) 451-3140 and on the web at www.CARDcanhelp.org


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