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A Season of Resilience: Make A Kit For Someone Else

Friday, Jun 05, 2020

Churches, families and individuals are encouraged to do their best to have supplies on hand that will come in handy during evacuation or while sheltering-in-place. Not all households can do this easily. This list outlines standard items to gather for your neighbors and friends in need ahead of a disaster.

Tips and Lessons: Individual & Family Preparedness

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016

Disaster-response authorities recommend three primary actions families should take to prepare for disasters: Have a plan for who to call and where to meet; Stay informed of events and conditions; Make an emergency kit that provides for medical needs, plus food, water and temporary shelter.

Lessons Learned: Improving Church Safety

Tuesday, Apr 09, 2019

A man walked into The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in the Upper East Side of New York City and began yelling threats. This individual went on to damage church property and set fire to two pews. In the aftermath, Church members needed to balance concerns about maintaining their open and welcoming identity and ensuring the safety for those who use their building. Here some reflections from

A Season of Resilience: Household Checklist

Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020

Follow these steps to make a plan for disasters and put together an emergency kit for households. The checklist includes actions to take as well as items to buy or gather ahead of disasters.

Tips & Lessons: Post-Disaster Advice for Clergy | New Orleans, LA

Monday, Nov 02, 2015

Clergy-to-clergy, the Rev. Bill Terry provides advice based on his experience in Hurricane Katrina, during which his church provided physical and spiritual needs to the impacted community. Terry addresses pastoral care, self care, donation management and well as general disaster response management tips.

Ministering to Children After a Disaster (Grades K-5)

Monday, Jan 13, 2014

Young children (pre-K through 5th grade) can be particularly traumatized by the effects of a disaster. We can help them express and affirm their feelings of confusion, sadness, and anger while also reminding them how much they and all they love are still cared for by Jesus the Good Shepherd.

How To: Hold a Service of Lament After Violence | Isla Vista, California

Tuesday, Jul 05, 2016

Despite community pressure to return to normal six months after the killing of seven students in a California college town, a visiting priest saw the need for a special liturgy of lament and healing. Her creative work led to a series of services throughout the diocese in response to gun violence.

How To: Host a Respite Space for Young Families | Waltham, MA

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018

When a record snowstorm shut down everything, including schools, in a Massachusetts community for almost two weeks, the rector of a local parish opened her church to provide a space for children and their parents to gather for a much-needed break from their enforced isolation and to re-connect.

Pastors and Disasters Toolkit (French)

Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017

This toolkit helps church and community leaders with planning ahead and taking steps to lessen the impact of potential disasters, particularly in places where people already face poverty and may lose the few resources or safety nets they have. Disaster resilience includes preparedness, mitigation and response.

Pastors and Disasters Toolkit (Spanish,A4)

Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017

This toolkit helps church and community leaders with planning ahead and taking steps to lessen the impact of potential disasters, particularly in places where people already face poverty and may lose the few resources or safety nets they have. Disaster resilience includes preparedness, mitigation and response.

Pastors and Disasters Toolkit (French,A4)

Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017

This toolkit helps church and community leaders with planning ahead and taking steps to lessen the impact of potential disasters, particularly in places where people already face poverty and may lose the few resources or safety nets they have. Disaster resilience includes preparedness, mitigation and response.

Pastors and Disasters Toolkit (Portuguese, A4)

Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017

This toolkit helps church and community leaders with planning ahead and taking steps to lessen the impact of potential disasters, particularly in places where people already face poverty and may lose the few resources or safety nets they have. Disaster resilience includes preparedness, mitigation and response.

Pastors and Disasters Toolkit (Portuguese)

Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017

This toolkit helps church and community leaders with planning ahead and taking steps to lessen the impact of potential disasters, particularly in places where people already face poverty and may lose the few resources or safety nets they have. Disaster resilience includes preparedness, mitigation and response.

Pastors and Disasters Toolkit (Spanish)

Tuesday, Oct 03, 2017

This toolkit helps church and community leaders with planning ahead and taking steps to lessen the impact of potential disasters, particularly in places where people already face poverty and may lose the few resources or safety nets they have. Disaster resilience includes preparedness, mitigation and response.

Asset-based Responses to Disasters (Venn-diagram)

Friday, Oct 16, 2020

During disaster preparedness workshops, give this venn-diagram worksheet to participants as you work together to identify recovery organizations, needs of the community, faith groups in the community and networks within The Episcopal Church.

Disaster Venn Diagram

Friday, Oct 16, 2020

During disaster preparedness workshops, give this venn-diagram worksheet to participants as you work together to identify recovery organizations, needs of the community, faith groups in the community and networks within The Episcopal Church.

Maintaining Resilience During Uncertain Times

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2020

Maintaining Resilience During Uncertain Times is a training developed specifically to address individuals’ spiritual, emotional and physical needs during the global COVID-19 pandemic. This training is structured to be facilitated online using video conferencing and other digital tools, and can be adjusted to accommodate different levels of comfort with technology.