Disaster Risk Reduction

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, Benjamin Franklin once noted. This adage is especially true when it comes to disasters. Planning ahead and taking steps to lessen the impact of potential disasters can go a long way in minimizing the suffering and damage that often follow—particularly in places where people already face poverty and may lose the few resources or safety nets they have.

To this end, Episcopal Relief & Development has partenered with the Episcopal/Anglican Church to better prepare for and respond to disasters, whether natural or human-made. At the core of this goal is the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management initiative with the Anglican Diocese of Colombo and the Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) in Sri Lanka.

A working group of regional and international partners evaluated existing disaster preparedness and response practices, identified possible improvements, and produced a toolbook of core competencies and standards, best practices and case studies.

Download Toolkit: Pastors and Disasters Toolkit pdf
  Pastors and Disasters Toolkit A4 pdf

 

 

The Pastors and Disasters Toolkit is available in Spanish, French and Portuguese in both US and international versions, downloadable as PDFs by clicking on the links.

Pastors and Disasters Toolkit in Spanish (US)                         Pastors and Disasters Toolkit in Spanish (International)

Pastors and Disasters Tooklkit in French (US)                         Pastors and Disasters Toolkit in French (International)

Pastors and Disasters Tooklkit in Portuguese (US)                  Pastors and Disasters in Portugueuse (International)

To address the need for increased capacity, the program includes a “training of trainers” component, with learning and practical field work. Participants will go on to facilitate disaster response training for others, which will expand local churches’ ability to act more effectively in future emergencies.

Our program is designed to provide an approach that is consistent, yet adaptable to varying local contexts and disaster situations. Once the regional pilot has concluded, we plan to expand the initiative to other global partners.

Your partnership will help the worldwide Church improve its ability to respond to emergencies and reduce their impact by:

  • Enabling our partners to develop and refine the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management program, training and toolbook
  • Supporting the working group in organizing international workshops to share experiences, best practices and resources
  • Empowering local church partners and communities to prepare for potential threats with measures such as installing early alert systems and elevating homes in flood-prone areas
  • Promoting tree planting, sustainable agricultural practices and other activities in areas where deforestation and soil erosion can contribute to landslides and flooding
Disaster Risk Reduction
Donate to the Disaster Risk Reduction fund

A preparation plan can save thousands of lives during an emergency. Your donation goes directly to providing essential resources and training for those in disaster-prone areas. Our worldwide partners include disaster risk reduction measures in their ongoing development programming. Help communities prepare and protect themselvesdonate today.

Cuba

Description: On September 8th, 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the island of Cuba, causing an estimated $13.2 billion in damage and impacting nearly 2 million people. ...

South Sudan

Description: To address ongoing issues in South Sudan, Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the South Sudanese Development and Relief Agency (S...

Sri Lanka

Description: Case Study: Sri Lanka | Disaster Risk Reduction Episcopal Relief & Development began a partnership with the Geneva-based Ecumenical Church Loan...

Zimbabwe

Description: Episcopal Relief & Development partners with the Anglican Diocese of Matabeleland on sustainable agriculture projects in areas where cyclical d...

The Philippines

Description: Case Study: The Philippines Transforming from Receivers to Givers The Philippines is blessed with abundant natural resources, but because the count...

El Salvador

Description: Salvadorans have endured major hardships over the past 25 years. A decade-long civil war ended in 1992. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch killed hundreds an...

Melanesia (Solomon Islands & Vanuatu)

Description: The Solomon Islands are located in a “ring of fire” — a zone of active volcanoes that makes natural disasters such as earthquakes, cyclones, volcan...

Myanmar [Burma]

Description: About 32 percent of Myanmar’s 50 million population, or 15.8 million people, are living in poverty, according to an assessment of the 2015 Myanmar ...

Burundi

Description: Case Study: Burundi | Sustainable Livelihoods In partnership with the Anglican Church of Burundi, Episcopal Relief & Development supports an in...

Liberia

Description: More than 60% of Liberians live in poverty. This fact, along with the devastating Ebola crisis in 2014, widespread hunger, and prevalent violence a...

Malawi

Description: Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Anglican Council in Malawi to work with trained local volunteers and government health wo...

Sierra Leone

Description: Sierra Leone continues to recover from a decade-long civil conflict that ended in 2002. The war destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure and ...

Tanzania

Description: In order to build climate-resilient communities, Episcopal Relief & Development partners with the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika (ACT) ...

Ghana

Description: Episcopal Relief & Development partners with the Anglican Diocesan Development and Relief Organization (ADDRO), the relief and development arm ...

Mozambique

Description: Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with two dioceses in Mozambique on strategies to address at the community level challenges such as...