Church Disaster Preparedness & Response Resources
Make your church a shelter in the time of storm.
Every church is vulnerable to some form of disaster. Is your congregation prepared?
Why churches need to be prepared:
- To take preventative steps to protect your church and congregation from harm
- To determine ahead of time how you will response should a disaster strike your church or members of your congregation
- To insure the continuity of your churches ministries should a disaster occur
- To care for the vulnerable in your congregation
- To connect with helpful community services
- To prepare to respond effectively to the needs of victims in the surrounding community
Certification Course on Church Disaster Preparedness and Response
What the course offers:
Crown’s Church Disaster Preparedness and Response Certification Course will guide you step-by-step through the process of preparing your church for disasters. The self-paced course provides the training, tools and resources that needed to create individualized and effective:
- Risk Assessments
- Emergency Preparedness Plans
- Emergency Communication Plans
- Insurance Assessments
- Continuity of Ministry Operations Plans
- Emergency Community Outreach Plans (optional for those churches wishing to respond to the wider community)
Throughout the course, your plans will be evaluated with feedback from an emergency preparedness expert.
Upon successful completion of the course, churches will receive a certificate stating that they have successfully completed emergency preparedness plans that meet recommended preparedness standards.
Bill Metcalf, M.A., teached the Emergency Preparedness and Planning course for Crown’s Disaster and Emergency Management Program.
A 40 year veteran of the fire and emergency services, Fire Chief Bill Metcalf has just completed a term as President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). His disaster planning and response experience includes responding to Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina, as well as management and response to multiple major wildland fires across the western United States. Professor Metcalf also served for four years as the Emergency Medical Services Director for the Colorado Department of Public Health.
*Churches with less than 100 members may contact Crown about a small church discount.
Course dates: Courses begin on September 15, 2015. Churches can start at any time after September 15 and move through the course modules at their own pace.
For More Information Contact: Darin Mather at firstname.lastname@example.org
Register for the course: Provide the following information to Darin Mather at email@example.com
- Church name
- Church address
- Contact Person
- Contact Email
- Contact Phone
Additional Church Preparedness Resources
The following are free:
- The Humanitarian Disaster Institute offers a wide range of helpful resources for faith-based organization. Most helpful for churches are their Ready Faith: Planning Guide and Ready Faith: Preparedness Workbook.
- The Southern Baptists have prepared a helpful Church Preparedness for Disaster Relief guide for congregations.
- First United Methodist Church in Hampstead, NC has published their Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan as a helpful example document.
- The United Church of Christ National Disaster Ministries organization offers detailed Local Church Disaster Preparedness and Response Planning Guidelines.
- The Hope Crisis Response Network created a Disaster Planning for Churches guide, which includes, among other things, information on spiritual preparation for volunteers and a list of ethical considerations for disaster response workers.