The First Response Team of America is a non-profit organization that has crisscrossed the country many times in a specialized fleet of disaster recovery equipment, providing free aid to as many as 40 disaster sites over the last few years.
Founder Tad Agoglia talks about the organization, “The First Response Team’s priority are those first days before traditional help arrives.”
“For the needy shall not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor perish forever.” —Psalm 9:18
He says, “When we arrive on the scene sometimes, it is hard for these community leaders to really believe that we are there for free. When they see the equipment working, the light towers going up, and the roads starting to clear, they realize that we are good people and that we are coming with no strings attached to help them.
“They need tools and resources that they don’t have themselves. And they welcome us into the community because they need the help. The roads need to be cleared so emergency workers like firefighters and search-and-rescue teams can come in and find the people and extract them to safety. They need lighting, so they can see.
“There is just something inside of me that feels compelled to help. When I watch the news, and I see those super cells go right over small communities, I know that people are going through some of the most traumatic times they have ever experienced in their lives, and I want to be there to help.”
The spirit of America is alive and well today in the hearts of people just like Ted Agoglia—and you.
GOOD SHEPHERD, keep me inspired and motivated to keep on keeping on. No matter who goes—I will. No matter who won’t—I will.