Developing a congregational preparedness plan is a process. As with most processes, it is not always linear and neat but grows organically as the community discovers its gifts and call to preparedness over time. It is important to understand that Churches and Faith Based Groups have important roles in helping their congregation to prepare and also in the recovery process as well.
Many faith based organizations have special skills and equipment that can help in certain areas of recovery. Working with Emergency Management faith based organizations can improve relationships and recovery efforts immensely. The resources below will help Ministers, Pastors, and Church Leaders help their congregation become better prepared and know what to do to help after a disaster as a community and as a faith based organization.
Disasters and Faith.com articles and links
Resources to protect your house of worship from FEMA
Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Resources
Developing High Quality Emergency Operation Plans for Houses of Worship
FEMA Emergency Management Institute
Resources to help religious leaders prepare their congregations from the Center for Religion and Civic Culture
National Disaster Interfaith Network tools and resources for religious leaders