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Responding to disasters

Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program works in areas across the United States that have been affected by disasters. By offering resources and training to help communities prepare for disasters and providing emergency support, we help vulnerable groups of people to make a full and sustained recovery.

Our Church partners are an integral part of these communities; because of our ongoing relationships we are there before others arrive and stay with them for the years of recovery that follow. Episcopal Relief & Development’s Disaster Preparedness Initiative equips Episcopal dioceses in the United States to prepare for and respond to disasters. Dioceses that sign on to the initiative receive ongoing training, resources and support from Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program.

 When necessary, we may also provide emergency financial assistance to dioceses to supplement these resources, enabling churches to connect with and offer assistance to their most vulnerable neighbors. Emergency funds are distributed through the local bishop’s office, often with the help of a Diocesan Disaster Coordinator, who communicates with Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program team.

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Responding to disasters

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The Episcopal Asset Map

Across the Church, there are individuals, churches, and institutions that represent an abundance of gifts. The Episcopal Asset Map, a joint project of The Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development, highlights and connects our stories into one searchable site.

Resource Library

Episcopal Relief & Development offers diverse resources for disaster preparedness and response, clergy care and formation for adults and children. Explore the Resource Library to find tools for many different occasions.

US Disaster News Archive

Browse past issues of Lamplight, the newsletter of Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program.

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