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Disaster relief coordinator Pastor Craig Miller shares disaster relief information in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Be disaster-aware: Take action to prepare

Sep 06, 2014

Congregations proclaim the gospel in many ways in the community in which they live: worship, vision planning, social ministry, youth programs and much more. When a crisis or disaster arises and God’s people are hurting and scared, God gives us the gift to share the hope and promise of new life in the midst of devastation.

--Lutheran Disaster Response Congregational Disaster Preparedness Guide

disasterawareWe are in the second week of Disaster Preparedness Month looking toward National PrepareAthon! Day, September 30. The www.ready.gov site suggest this is the week to Make a Plan. This is a good week for congregations to look at the newly released Lutheran Disaster Response Congregational Disaster Preparedness Guide. The guidebook provides a helpful process for developing a congregational response plan that includes assessments of capabilities for responding to disasters and vulnerabilities of the congregation.

Our synod Disaster Response Plan--currently under development--includes the expectation that congregations will have their own response plans so that our church can truly be a source of hope and promise after disasters. In order to live into our strategic vision of a synod claimed, gathered, and sent, we need to be prepared to address the needs that arise after disaster strikes. Whether small or large, from a house fire to another superstorm, our church can better proclaim God’s mercy when we have made preparations ahead of time to respond.

Other resources for preparedness include the FEMA Guide to Developing High Quality Emergency Operation Plans for Houses of Worship, Church World Service, the American Red Cross, local Offices of Emergency Management and Police and Fire Departments.


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