The Rev Patty Baker and the Venerable Roger Saterstrom discuss preparedness and response after Tennessee tornado and California fires

On May 22, 2020, the Rev. Patty Baker, rector for St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church in Snoqualmie, Washington and the Venerable Roger Saterstrom, archdeacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee joined us to talk about their on-the-ground experience in disaster response. Listen to the recording and download resources and tools that will help you plan for a potential disaster and respond to the most vulnerable people in your communities.

Listen to more recordings


Here are links to training guides that will help you facilitate conversations about disaster preparedness in your context. You can also modify these to fit a video conferencing discussion. 

  • This training helps you think about how you can match congregational gifts with community needs after a disaster
  • Seasons of Resilience is designed to help individuals and families build emergency kits over a 5-week period. Sometimes congregations have families make two – one for themselves and another for someone in need.
  • Adding information about your Episcopal congregation or ministry to the Episcopal Asset Map helps us build strong plans for responding to community need after a disaster. Learn how to update your Episcopal place’s information by watching these videos. You don’t need a login to update information. Once submitted your information goes to a Diocesan Map Administrator who will review and publish updates.
  • It can be helpful to think about how your community can Identify and Reduce Risk of various disasters before they happen. 
  • Learn more about preparedness and response from Episcopal Relief & Development’s resource page. You can also access resources about a Faith Based Response to Pandemics.
  • The Diocesan Leadership Team_Pandemic document will help you establish roles within the diocese for smooth operations.
  • Connect with other non-profit and religious organizations responding to community need after a disaster. Learn more by visiting the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) website.
  • The FEMA website provides information about government resources pre and post disaster, including modifications because of COVID-19.

Explore more resources