DISASTER PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES
Be not afraid
Feeling prepared for a situation – be it a job interview, a new baby or a sudden disaster – not only helps us experience less fear and anxiety, but can actually improve how things go. Most of the work that goes into disaster response occurs before anything happens. Knowing your congregation’s and community’s assets is critical to being able to serve the actual needs of the people in a disaster. The relationship building involved in getting to know the assets of your community is invaluable in times of crisis. Instead of finding your congregation going it alone when something bad happens, you can have the support of local business, restaurants, emergency and health care services and more.
Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program is our greatest resource to help you, your loved ones, your church and your community to prepare for and respond to disasters that may occur, not only with the resources and training they provide but in their organized and disaster-specific fundraising and aid. Please visit the US Disaster Program Preparedness Resources page on Episcopal Relief and Development’s website for tips, contacts, checklists, training modules and more. A member of diocesan staff will visit your congregation to consult on asset based community development. Contact Canon Carrie Graves. State-based resources, as well, are linked on this page.
Episcopal Relief and Development’s monthly newsletter, Lamplight, highlights current disaster preparedness, relief and response efforts across The Episcopal Church as well as provides links to helpful articles and tools.
- Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) provides information about creating a Disaster Supply Kit, interactive maps and real-time data tools, and more.
- Maryland VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) is a coalition of diverse disaster relief agencies sharing information and resources.
- Information about mental health first aid is available from MHAMD (Mental Health Association of Maryland).
Ms. Carrie Graves
Canon for Communications