Lutherans United, Assisting After Disasters

Principle One: LUAD’s primary focus is on survivors and their needs following a disaster – the identification and delivery of services, items, assistance, and other emotional and spiritual support deemed necessary. The intent is not to duplicate the efforts of governmental entities or other non-governmental organizations. The purpose of LUAD’s efforts are to assist disaster survivors to achieve as near normal environment as is possible for carrying out the ‘business of family/individuals’ safely while navigating toward longer-term disaster recovery. These efforts may include damage mitigation and cleanup.
Principle Two: LUAD does not discriminate by any definition or classification other than that of being a disaster survivor and will treat all disaster survivors with the empathy, dignity, and respect necessary to effectively serve them.
Principle Three: LUAD understands and accepts that long-term recovery efforts eventually identify and assign responsibility to private insurers, governmental organizations and programs, and other purveyors of liability. It is understood that LUAD efforts might unintentionally aid some of these entities – this is considered an unintended by-product of our charge in order to effectively carry out our mission.
Principle Four: LUAD commits all of its efforts to the survivors of disasters. We are specifically excluding assistance to commercial enterprise although our efforts in helping survivors might unintentionally assist private enterprise – this is also considered an unintended by-product of our charge.
Principle Five: For LUAD to be most effective, it needs the support of, and coordination with, all government and non-government entities involved in post-disaster operations. At the same time, LUAD aims to maintain independence in its operational authority and governance. LUAD ought never finance, endorse or lend its name or support to any non-charitable entity – political, public, or private – as such actions will most certainly divert us away from our primary mission.
Principle Six: LUAD’s effectiveness in service delivery is maximized by remaining congregationally-focused in all its efforts – from its own governance, to the identification of disaster victims for services, to service-delivery and the determination of what each congregation can provide.
Principle Seven: LUAD has at its center a governing council whose responsibility is to develop the necessary goals, objectives, processes, policies, procedures, and coordination to carry out its mission. This will be accomplished in a way that all congregations will have equal say in the organization’s governance and operational authority. To effect changes to the LUAD Vision, Mission and Principles requires a super majority (2/3) of sitting LUAD Council members.
Principle Eight: All individuals, congregations, or entities that make up LUAD will conduct themselves in a manner representative of the organization’s mission and principles at all times while conducting organizational business or while representing LUAD.
Principle Nine: In its formation, planning, and development, LUAD should always remain respectful of anticipated growth, changes, and technological advances such that its processes follow a natural evolutionary progression while remaining focused on service delivery.
Principle Ten: LUAD shall always maintain a spiritual foundation in all of its operations and maintain the commitment that Jesus’ teachings are best communicated through the love and actions of His followers.