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The United States regularly experiences a range of natural disasters. Hurricanes, tornadoes and floods threaten the South, Midwest and other regions each year, blizzards and ice storms impact the country’s northern areas, and earthquakes are an ever-present danger on the West Coast. Preparing ahead of time can do much to reduce the potential loss caused by these events and increase our ability to respond to our neighbors.

Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program inspires, connects and equips leaders of The Episcopal Church to prepare for disasters that might impact their communities, and helps vulnerable people make a full and sustained recovery. The program consists of two major components: Disaster Response and the Disaster Preparedness Initiative.

Our Response Program assists diocesan leaders in responding to disasters by providing access to technical, educational and financial resources. Through the Preparedness Initiative, dioceses receive training, regional coordination and planning support, and other resources to increase their resilience and be well positioned to respond.

Diocesan Disaster Coordinators are a key part of our program strategy. Appointed by bishops, they serve as liaisons for our staff, work with congregations to develop preparedness plans, and assess damage and needs following a disaster. Through our program, Coordinators also can receive assistance from Partners in Response, a group of experts who travel to impacted communities to help churches discern their role in the recovery process.

To learn more about the Disaster Response and Disaster Preparedness components, see the tabs below

Responding to Disasters and Rebuilding Communities

  • Our preparedness work equips dioceses, congregations and other Episcopal entities with the tools and training to be ready for all types of disasters that might hit their communities. Learn more
  • We partner with dioceses as they respond to disasters, both in the initial aftermath of the event, and especially in helping communities recover over the long term. Learn more
  • Learn about the experiences of churches around the country with stories from the Resource Library. To browse resources, click the Resources & Learning widget at right.  If you have any tools or resources you would like to share, please email us.
  • Join Ready to Serve, a national list of skilled volunteers that stand ready to support diocesan response efforts. Sign up
  • Sign up to receive Lamplight, the US Disaster Program e-newsletter, to learn more about our work and how your congregation can be prepared to respond. Sign up

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