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Our History

Community & Disaster Response Team (CDRT) was created out of the 2006 “A Failure Of Initiative" Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to investigate the preparation for and response to Hurricane Katrina. The Initiative brought together thousands of community and faith-based groups nationwide to create a blanket of disaster shelters all across the United States. Our team was started in 2008 in an effort to act as a liaison between local community organizations and the Red Cross, a major force in the Initiative. 


Our first call to action was the 2012 Wye Fire in Lake County California; since that time, we have deployed over 100 times to aid the community. In 2015, we expanded our services internationally following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. The call for aid was too loud to ignore. Following a call from a Minister of Parliament, our team packed up and traveled abroad, working in tandem with another aid organization, Motherland Nepal. The team focused on the hardest-hit area, the District of Sindhupalchowk. The team was based in the district for roughly 30 days, treating over 1200 people, as well as distributing over 16,000 pounds of food.  In 2017, CDRT returned to Nepal to complete and open the Community and Disaster Response Team, Ruth Weirich Clinic in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal.


Now a 501c3 non-profit, CDRT is poised to help our local communities when disaster occurs. Each fire season, we help provide shelter and needed support services to affected areas in collaboration with other aid agencies.  Most recently, those fires include: the Rocky Fire, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, Tubbs Fire, Pocket Fire and Skirball Fire.  As needs with any disaster arise, we pride ourselves in being ready to collaborate with our partners to help those in need. 



How We Help!


Nepal Clinic Project

Helping Others

Since 2015 Nepal has held a special place in each and every CDRT volunteer's heart. We started operations in Nepal directly after the earthquake on April 25th, 2015. Providing first aid service to over 1200 and performing search and rescue for the Sindhupalchowk Region. Now, almost three years later, CDRT has a fully functioning clinic in the region in the exact place that our team was stationed during the second quake.


Coffey Park Rises

Together we will rise

Coffey Park Rises, a program with the goal to restore hope to the people of Sonoma county, in particular the people of Coffey Park. Accomplishing this by providing both a Christmas and New Years Celebration, along with a long term goal to, with your help line Hopper Ave with Crape Myrtle trees for ten blocks. We are calling this section the hope inspired trees in Coffey Park!


Tubbs Fire Response

Responding to disaster in our front yard!

Early in the morning of October 9th, 2017 CDRT volunteers were not asleep. Instead, they were responding to one of the largest fires in CA history. CDRT volunteers set up and ran the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center Shelter that housed over 200 fire survivors. Then, when shelters moved to Analy HS CDRT, provided support with both floor management and logistics.