Through the Jackson Global Initiative-led Lion’s Den Mission Base, rapid response team (RRT) members are deployed throughout South Florida to support communities and local/federal emergency response agencies in the midst of a crisis and in times of normalcy. The highly-trained members are carefully selected and trained to demonstrate compassion and aptitude while providing tangible solutions to burdened communities in areas such as:
Responding to Natural Disasters: The RRT is equipped to support restorative efforts, provide necessary resources (food, water, shelter, and clothing) and provide crisis counseling and spiritual care support.
Supporting Community & Economic Redevelopment: The RRT works with local, federal, and community leaders to establish community resource sites in an effort to increase educational, provisional, and social opportunities within defined territories.
Responding to Social Instability: The RRT supports communities by acting as a social bridge between citizens and government agencies during periods of social unrest.
The RRT strives to deploy into communities requiring disaster relief within 24 hours to investigate damages while sending team members within 72 hours to support preliminary efforts. Through training, RRT members are also equipped to treat the three life-threatening injuries by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize agencies and spontaneous volunteers to be effective. Through strategically deployed Community Resource Sites, RRT members leverage their long-term relationships with the community to increase the quality of life standards amongst residents.