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Disaster Timeline Mini Preparedness Plan

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014

This planning guide is designed to help a congregation plan for a disaster, from taking inventory of physical and human assets to determining its niche in assisting vulnerable people in the larger community.

How To: Build a Church Preparedness Team

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017

Mason Whitney, the Church Safety Warden at St. Gabriel the Archangel, reflects on the process of equipping the congregation to respond and establishing a church safety ministry.

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.

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.

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

Plan de movilizacion de recursos

Friday, May 29, 2020

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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,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.

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.

The Lifecycle of a Disaster

Friday, Oct 16, 2020

This worksheet provides definitions of the different stages of disasters: preparedness, impact, rescue, relief, short-term recovery and long-term recovery. Helpful to use during disaster preparedness workshops so that every person has a unified understanding of disaster terms.

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.

The Emotional Life Cycle of a Disaster Explained

Thursday, Apr 23, 2020

Disasters take an emotional toll on each person to varying degrees, whether directly or indirectly affected. This graphic depicts the journey from impact to new normal and provides language for each milestone. Included is also a written explanation of what each stage of the life cycle of a disaster means.

Using Facebook Live for Prayer and Worship

Monday, Apr 06, 2020

Adapted from Episcopal Worship to Anchor Your Day, from St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cypress, Texas, this resource outlines the step-by-step process of going Live on Facebook and provides advice on ensuring high video quality and as well as list things to avoid when broadcasting prayer services online.