Why Prepare?

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, disasters are still happening and preparedness continues to be necessary. You may be wondering, why prepare? Well, preparedness helps you withstand the impact of a disaster. And your resilience puts you in a better position to help someone else! Essentially, preparedness is about community.

Before COVID-19, many families were able to prepare emergency disaster kits or stock up on supplies in preparation for a hurricane or fire. Right now, there is a higher rate of families living on restricted or no income. If you are able, why not make two kits? One for you and another for someone in need. This will help sustain them in the time before it’s safe to go out and access goods from pantries. Always remember to ask first regarding food allergies or cultural preferences. Together, we can work to make this a season of resilience for all!

MAKE A KIT FOR SOMEONE ELSE | PREPARE YOUR HOUSEHOLD 


REFILL YOUR TANK

Preparedness is not only about having insurance and gathering supplies. Disasters can be traumatic. A healthy prayer life, being part of a strong community and resting are all ways to make sure you can withstand the impact of a disaster. The following resources provide tips to manage stress, identify burnout in yourself and others as well as provides some language to understand the gamut of emotions.

SELF-CARE FOR CHURCH LEADERS | MAINTAINING RESILIENCE DURING UNCERTAIN TIMES


INEQUALITY AND DISASTERS

Disasters occur around the world, and often vulnerable groups bear the brunt of it. In the US, factors like race, gender, class and citizenship will affect a person’s ability to evacuate, safely shelter-in-place and recover from a disaster. People with more resources fare much better in most cases when it comes to disasters. As Christ followers, we are called to serve the people who society forgets about. It is our aim at Episcopal Relief & Development to shed light on inequality in order to equip church leaders to respond. Explore the infographics below to learn more:

What are some ways you feel called to help others prepare for a disaster? Email usdisaster@episcopalrelief.org to share your idea!


USING THE EPISCOPAL ASSET MAP TO LOCATE AN EPISCOPAL PRESENCE IN VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES 

Use the Episcopal Asset Map to locate areas within your diocese that should mobilize. This map, created on the Episcopal Asset Map, highlights flooding zones in the Southern coastal states. Also present are any potential hurricanes or tropical storms. Note: if there is no storm warning, you will not see any paths. The pins on the map are the Episcopal churches and ministries that exist in communities vulnerable to high amounts of flooding. Explore the embedded map below. Feel free to hide layers for easier viewing.

Adding information about your Episcopal congregation or ministry to the Episcopal Asset Map helps us build strong plans to respond 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.