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Disaster Resources

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Disaster Resources

This page includes most of the files on the Resources CD distributed at the Mission Community Disaster Preparedness Training.  Most documents are Adobe pdf documents which require Acrobat Reader to access. Items not marked as (pdf) provide direct access to the appropriate website location.  These Resources will be updated as new resources become available.

General Information on Disaster Preparedness

Annotated List of Resources (pdf)

A short document with some valuable resources listed.

Guidance for Congregations on Contagious Disease Outbreaks

This Guide is about how to prepare for and respond to widespread contagious diseases. It
helps congregations plan a response for worship and ministry continuation should the need arise 
Influenza Responses
H1N1 virus which emerged in 2009 to trigger a pandemic that year is active again this year. 

Basic Disaster Ministry (pdf)

A 15 page document that includes lesson plans that could be appropriate for training or a Sunday School class.

Before a Disaster Strikes (pdf)

A one page list that gives a basic overview of disaster preparation. It might make a good congregational checklist.

Changing Role of Churches in Disaster (pdf)

A 15 page document from the Virginia Council of Churches. Cop0ies can be ordered from them.

Community Arise (pdf)

Online Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness Training from Church World Service
Considerations in Developing a Plan
Simple how-to for developing your own disaster plan.

At the Heart of the Storm (pdf)

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Guidebook for Non-Profit Organizations. Looks at disasters other than hurricanes. Has an excellent and extensive checklist. 42 pages.

Disaster Preparedness Draft

Planning resources including checklists and family disaster kits lists.
Volunteer Intake/Skills Forms
Forms for volunteer registration and for listing available skills.


For Congregations
Winchester 1st Church Disaster Plan
Disaster Response Plan for the congregation

Emergency Planning and Disaster Recovery.  A Primer for Churches (pdf)

Short document with a business/insurance perspective.

DRT Church Worksheet (pdf)

10 pages. Taken from the Disaster Preparedness Draft document above.

Individual Church Planning Guide  

A planning guide for developing a disaster plan for your church

Lutheran Guide for Congregations (pdf)

32 pages that include church and family checklists.

Preparing Your Congregation for A Disaster (pdf)

A good general outline from Peace river Presbytery.

Sample Plan (pdf)

Adapted from the Heart of the Storm above

Sample Plan (1st United Methodist Church) 

A plan designed to help the church prepare the physical facility before a disaster strikes

Peace River Presbytery (SW Florida) Plan

An extensive plan with many downloadable attachments.

Annandale United Methodist Disaster Plan (pdf)


Disaster Plan for a specific church including both corporate and individual family responses.


For Families

Family Disaster Plan (pdf)

15 pages from the National Disaster Education Coalition. Includes suggestions for people with disabilities.

Your Family Disaster Plan (pdf)

4 pages from the Red Cross.  A good place to start.

Are you Ready? (pdf)

FEMA publication with in-depth information on what to do in any disaster situation.

Family Preparation Plan

A guide for families to prepare together.

Family Disaster Page

An extensive list of suggestions and resources


For Volunteers

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) Videos 

Ministry of Presence

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Self-Care for Volunteers

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Volunteer Hosting Overview

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Church-based Volunteer Host Sites

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