September 11th, Hurricane Katrina, Sandy Hook, Joplin Tornado, Virginia Tech, Superstorm Sandy, Aurora Theater, Boston Marathon:
All of these names provoke memories of horrible tragedies, the scope of which overwhelm the communities in which they occur. Whether these critical incidents occurred at the hand of man or nature, the human needs that result are universal.
Statistics show that the frequency of these types of events have been increasing over the past 100 years. In fact, over the past 50 years, we have seen a dramatic increase in both man- and nature-caused critical incidents. The feedback from our districts and churches is that when these events happen in their communities, they are overwhelmed and unprepared.
The 461 Response network of Assemblies of God churches and districts is committed to helping to reach communities during times of trouble, according to their needs, and as the Lord provides.
Churches and districts that join the 461 Response network maintain their sovereignty. Churches are able to handle critical incidents in their area without district involvement, but are able to contact the district for support if the event is beyond their capability. Likewise, districts are able to facilitate the response for events within their districts without the involvement of the national office, but are able to involve the national office if the event requires additional support beyond their district.