Christian Emergency Network
National Incident Command Deputy
Current Role: Disaster Response Director
Sherry Buresh is the National Incident Command Deputy for the Christian Emergency Network. In her Disaster Response Director role she coaches and trains CEN partners and volunteers before, during and after emergencies of all kinds. She sets up volunteer operations centers in areas of greatest need, manages all field operations, and advises CEN partners during activation. Sherry brings her extensive experience in leading numerous disaster responses, including responses to Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, Irma, Maria and Florence and as well as international disasters following major mass casualty earthquakes, such as the Nepal Earthquake, into her CEN advisory and training role. When not responding to an incident, Sherry trains Christians nationwide to biblically respond to any emergency large or small at home, at church and citywide.
Her “on the ground” Disaster Response experience include:
- Training and Managing Home/Property Clean-up
- Setting up VRCs (Volunteer Reception Centers)
- Warehousing Donations
- Organizing Delivery of Emergency In-Kind Donations
- Guiding onsite Christian Spiritual Care.
Sherry’s Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) leadership resulted in coordinating and leading over 3,000 volunteers during a 10 day period in cleaning up from after tornado; registering and tracking hours for 5,000 volunteers within a two week period; registering 18,808 volunteers; and tracking 92,545 volunteer hours over a 2 month period.
In 2014 and 2017, she was honored with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD) Member of the Year Award and received the “Peace and Towels” award as recognition for selfless service.
Sherry has chaired Kentucky Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters and the Eastern KY Long-Term Recovery Coordinating Committee (2004-2006).
She is a Member of:
National Volunteer Organization Active in Disasters Volunteer Management Committee,
Pathfinder Missions (Hurricane Katrina Recovery Organization) - Board Member
Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team
Weather Service Advisory Member
Local Emergency Planning Committees
Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board - Board Member (2006-2009)
National Council on Readiness & Preparedness - National Task Force Advisory Committee National Congress on Secure Communities - Committee Member & Panelist
Kentucky Outreach Information Network
State ESF#6 (Mass Care) Advisory Committee & Work Group
Ky Disabilities in Emergencies Advisory Committee
State Specialist & Liaison for the Coordinated Assistance Network
Eastern KY Long-Term Recovery Coordinating Committee
When Sherry is not deployed or you will find her enthusiastically sharing her “inspirational stories of lives helped and transformed through a relationship with Christ during crisis.” She and her husband, also an emergency responder, live in Kentucky. They have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
Volunteer and Reach
Products Training and Services: Training: Volunteer Reception Center Training, CEN ReadyChurch/ReadyCity Training (FREE/Fee) Consulting: Disaster Field Response, Volunteer Coordination, Local Emergency Planning, Crisis Communications, Government and Non-Government Liaison, Long-Term Recovery Operations. (Hourly rate) Services: On-site Disaster Assessment, Planning, Logistics, and Volunteer Coordination Response (Disaster Response Contract for Services Rendered)