Course Summary:

During many emergencies, local congregations are the early responders from the wider faith community. Along with the ability to meet a multitude of immediate physical needs, churches can also offer the gift of spiritual care to those facing the impact of a life-changing event. Through faith-based initiatives, churches can help communities turn a crisis into an opportunity, and provide hope amidst chaos. This 45-minute course will help your church discover how it can help during any type of disaster.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define various categories of disasters and emergencies, and the stages of disaster relief
  • Initiate steps to establish a church disaster response team and a focus area for response efforts
  • Learn the types of disaster response your church can provide either on-site or from within your church facility
  • Understand the value of partnerships with other organizations in coordinating effective disaster response strategies
  • Know the risks associated with disaster relief, and best safety practices during response efforts

Key Topics Include:

  • Types of Disasters and Emergencies
  • Stages in Disaster Relief
  • Assembling a Disaster Response Team
  • Types of Assistance
  • Disaster Response: What Not to Do
  • Church Expenses Associated with Providing Disaster Response
  • Establishing a Disaster Response Strategy
  • Establishing Partnerships with Other Disaster Response Organizations
  • The Value of Partnerships and Partnership Opportunities
  • Training the Disaster Response Team
  • FEMA Disaster Response Training, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Additional Training Resources
  • Disaster Response Volunteer Safety and Best Practices
  • Packing to Travel to a Disaster
  • Risks Associated with Disaster Response Work
  • Beyond the Big Disasters