Disaster Preparedness and Response for Houses of Worship
When making a disaster preparedness plan for your local congregation, check to see if your denomination or governing body has templates. Look here for ICTG training to expand leadership and congregational care practices. Below are additional resources.
Developing Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship – FEMA
Resources from FEMA to protect your house of worship
Prepare to Care: A Guide to Disaster Ministry for your Congregation
A Resource from Church World Service Emergency Response Program
Course: IS 360 Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents:
A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship
A free online course conducted by FEMA Emergency Management Institute National Emergency Training Center. "This course provides leading practices and resources to assist elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, and houses of worship in developing emergency plans for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from mass casualty incidents."
Pastors and Disasters
Episcopal Relief and Development's toolbook of core competencies and standards, best practices and case studies.
Preparedness in America
2013 FEMA Research Document
Military Helper is a resource designed for members of the military and their families who are looking for help and support as they navigate the world of military life. From dealing with life separated during deployment, to finding local support groups and even dealing with the trauma of active duty and the return to civilian life, we are a community who understands the challenges that come with the territory.
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD
The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. We work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance's Trauma Pastoral Care Video Series
A series of short videos about pastoral care after trauma. Topics include self-care, compassion fatigue, forgiveness, providing support for trauma survivors, and more.
Just in Time Disaster Training - Video Library (includes section for houses of worship)
An extensive library of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery training videos curated by Disaster Resistant Communities Group
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