When Disaster Strikes: September 23, 2014 Webinar Help Congregations, Organizations Prepare

How prepared is your congregation or organization to respond effectively and with confidence when disaster strikes, whether it's following a devastating tornado like Joplin, Missouri; a school shooting like Newtown, Connecticut; a superstorm like Katrina or Sandy, or an individual member's house fire?

September is National Preparedness Month, and this free, one-hour webinar - Tuesday, September 23, 2014, from 2-3 p.m. (U.S. Eastern) - will help equip you with practical ways your congregation or organization can prepare for disaster - and get ready to help your community recover, too!

Don't miss this special opportunity to learn from the coeditors of the valuable new "how-to" guide "Help and Hope: Disaster Preparedness and Response Tools for Congregations."  (For more information about the book, click here.)

Amy Gopp, Director of Member Relations and Pastoral Care at Church World Service, and Brandon Gilvin, Associate Director of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)'s Week of Compassion, will share lessons from real-life experience to help congregations and other community organizations to expect the unexpected and respond in ways that help and not hinder survivors' relief and recovery.

Topics to be covered include:

  • "Systems and Supplies: Some Lists and Tasks for Preparing Your Congregation for a Disaster"
  • "Knowing When to Stay and When to Go: A Guide to Volunteering"
  • "The Long-Term Recovery Process and Your Faith Community"
  • "The Importance of Spiritual and Emotional Care"

The webinar will include ample time for questions and answers.  Space is limited, so please register early