Heavy Equipment Response Coalition
Heavy Equipment Response Coalition provides resources to communities and organizations for disaster mitigation, response, and recovery efforts across the United States.
The Coalition is a Michigan Nonprofit Corporation, and IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
The Coalition is actively recruiting skilled heavy equipment operators with or without equipment to build a nationwide network for our efforts. Volunteers are vetted through a rigorous application and interview process. Once approved, Volunteers represent the Coalition in the community.
The Coalition provides services to:
- Government Agencies
o Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
o Emergency Management (EM)
o Police & Fire Departments, or Department of Public Works (DPW)
- Non-Government Organizations
o Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)
- Property Owners
Non-Discrimination: The Coalition does not discriminate in providing its services. However, we do prioritize response requests based on the following considerations: life-safety; disabled persons; elderly persons; uninsured and underinsured property owners.
At present, the Coalition provides the following services:
- Consultation for appropriate use and type of equipment needed.
- Project team deployment, consisting of Project Manager(s) (PM) and Operator(s) to:
o Assess conditions and assist in operations.
o Supply and operate equipment in support of operations.
o Seek donations and support from local heavy equipment industry connections.
o Manage heavy equipment spontaneous unaffiliated volunteers (HESUV’s).
o Track work orders via Crisis Cleanup.
o Track and report hours for PM and Operators per FEMA guidelines.
A standard deployment team will consist of: (1) Project Manager + (3) Operators + (3) machines, along with support vehicles, trailers, fuel, transportation, and meals. The estimated average cost to deploy a standard team for one week is $18,360.00. In-kind and sponsor donations can help reduce this cost. This figure is used as the basis for our annual operations budget.
The Coalition’s primary objective is to help those in need. To achieve a consistent operating tempo, leading to efficiency in operations and use of donor dollars, the Coalition has prioritized the following objectives:
- Funding and Equipment Partners – donors that provide substantial monetary funding or equipment to support the Mission.
- Equipment and vehicle acquisition to provide consistent, reliable resources to Agencies and VOAD’s, and to facilitate immediate response capabilities.