Laborers’ Disaster Response Team
The Laborers’ Disaster Response Team (LDRT) offers immediate relief to the suffering of disaster victims. The LDRT is comprised of workers in the building trades (laborers, operating engineers, and teamsters) who have spent much of their professional lives removing debris from construction and demolition sites. Because of our professional training, we can safely and efficiently move trees and other debris from roadways and people’s property so first responders, utility companies, and other necessary personnel can enter a disaster area.
LDRT volunteers are trained to respond to emergencies with first responder quickness, and sustain a response for the first 72 hours. We deploy and make contacts with local resources in the disaster area or just outside that area to supply the necessary equipment and resources.
Latest LDRT News
LDRT Deploys 20 Members to Rockton for Damage Evaluation
(ROCKTON, IL) On June 14 in Rockton, IL, an industrial fire broke out resulting in an explosion at a lubricants plant operated by Chemtool. The explosion affected hundreds of residents in the small northern Read more
Elected Leaders Donate Much Needed Equipment to LDRT
Springfield, IL Ward 1 Alderman Chuck Redpath and Sangamon County Auditor Andy Goleman donate two STIHL Chainsaws to LDRT. These were much needed because in a large disaster longer bar arms are critical. These Read more
Union Members Assist in Taylorville Clean Up
Volunteers Clear Debris From Path of Emergency Crews (TAYLORVILLE, IL) On Saturday, December 1, a rare wintertime tornado struck the central Illinois town of Taylorville. More than 100 structures were damaged with 34 completely Read more