Navigating a disaster

The recent fires around Gatlinburg, Tenn., burned thousands of acres and left many people injured or dead. This disaster and others across the country—and the world—have left churches wondering how they can provide the best assistance.

Faith-based groups can be key contributors to emergency response efforts during disasters, but they also must know how to navigate the cultural, legal, and safety considerations associated with working on a response team.

In the new course “Building a Disaster Response Team” from CongregationU, clergy, staff, and volunteers can tackle this topic and learn about:

  • Various categories of disasters and emergencies, and the stages of disaster relief
  • How to initiate steps to establish a church disaster response team and a focus area for response efforts
  • The value of partnerships with other organizations in coordinating effective disaster response strategies
  • The risks associated with disaster relief and best practices during response efforts

Call CongregationU today at 866.862.5855 to find out how you can train the clergy, staff, volunteers, and laity in your church on important topics they need to improve safety, security, and risk management!

Tip: As part of your church’s disaster response strategy, contact the local emergency management and disaster relief agencies who serve in your community, such as the American Red Cross, to ask about the scope of their services and their current needs.