- To help stabilize and rebuild the commerce, business and farm communities impacted by the disaster. Working and partnering with local governments and organizations, SALT will focus upon business and commerce in its need to rebuild after the losses suffered by farmers and small businesses. Farms and businesses are the backbone of our local economy. They provide employment and a strong workforce, commodities, merchandise, sustenance for households and a foundation for the community to rebuild. It is essential that the commerce and business community be reestablished and reconstructed for the well-being and economic health of the region.
- To empower and advocate for individuals and families to recover from the disaster by providing the opportunities and tools to participate and contribute to their own personal recovery effort. Recovery is not just about restoration of infrastructure and services, which of course are critical, it is about helping individuals and families recover from their losses. This includes empowering individuals to rebuild, sustain their own environments and revitalization of their physical, emotional, social, economic security and health. Eventually this will permit participants to thrive once again in their own personal situations. This assistance from SALT is presented through compassionate partnerships which encourage and support meaningful participation for disaster survivors in their own recovery.
- To provide a coordinated and comprehensive response to the region while maintaining a unified agreement as to which direction SALT, and/or, the region will undertake as the relief efforts and rebuilding moves forward. The unity of SALT is an essential part of the reconstruction of the region. Inclusiveness is vital for ensuring that all voices are heard from all members involved in SALT. Membership is comprised of all community organizations, faith based communities, government partners, businesses, farms, and interested private parties in the region. Clear and concise communication is key to these unifying efforts. Communication will be frequent, provide critical information, respond to the community in terms of cultural, educational and training needs and will communicate realistic goals and expectations for the recovery effort.