Great Plains Conference Job Opening for Disaster Case Management

The community of Eureka began on August 10th transitioning from the relief phase of the disaster to long term recovery.  Basic clean-up is finished, and the process turns to permanent repairs and rebuilds for those affected by the recent tornadoes of July 7th.  There were 168 homes affected by the EF3 and EF2 tornadoes that evening.  The newly established Long Term Recovery Committee of Eureka is beginning steps in making recovery as smooth and as quickly as possible. 

One important ministry role on the committee is a Disaster Case Manager.  Disaster Case Managers aid survivors in taking the next steps towards healing by providing accurate and timely information and referral, identifying resources to meet urgent needs, and by meeting with each homeowner to build a relationship and show care and compassion.

 The DCM empowers the disaster survivor to effectively access the resources available in accordance with the sequence of assistance for disaster recovery.  This individual helps to minimize the risk of duplication of benefits which may pose barriers for recovery; assists in the restoration of pre-disaster social service benefits for qualified individuals; and provides clients with information on the importance of record keeping. 

The Disaster Case Management process involves:

  • Outreach
  • Screening and Intake for Case Management Services
  • Assessment of Disaster Recovery Needs
  • Recovery Planning
  • Action and Advocacy
  • Monitoring Recovery Progress
  • Closure

This is a paid position (no benefits), and at this time our projection for employment is up to 2 years.  Training is provided and there will be a supervisor to go to for questions and assistance.  This position will require telephoning, trips to Eureka, data entry into a disaster data system, meeting with clients in their homes or other location.   If you are interested, feel free to contact Rev. Hollie Tapley, Disaster Response Coordinator, 316-684-0266 or htapley@greatplainsumc.org.