"We are more powerful because we are all joined together, and never more then in times like this."
- Tom Hazelwood, UMCOR's assistant general secretary for US Disaster Response
Master Emergency Operations Plan
Download this Local Church Disaster Response Plan Word Template for local churches to use who need to put together a plan in case a disaster occurs on their own church property. Preplanning is essential for successfully minimizing any adverse affects of an emergency or disaster on a religious organization and its operations. This recovery plan has been designed to identify the key elements that should be followed to help reduce the impact of an emergency or disaster.
For conference disaster response leaders who plan to offer a training using the template above that will train a local church how to put together their own disaster plan (also called Master Emergency Operations Plan.) This is a Microsoft Publisher file. You must have that software to open the file. There is also a Powerpoint presentation available that goes along with this brochure. For more information, contact Marji Bishir at 800-969-8201.
This guide will help you as you prepare to go into a disaster zone to serve in either clean-up or rebuilding.
Red Cross Sheltering Document
Click here to download Red Cross Sheltering Document
This is a 3-page overview of how a local church or other faith-based organization becomes a shelter, from when the organization shows interest, to opening and running a shelter, to closing and reimbursement. Written by local Red Cross Emergency Planning Analyst Eric Schultz, who says "We tried to keep it fairly short and high-level, to answer the frequently-asked questions concerning our shelter agreements and procedures."
Here is an engaging video to encourage others to assemble UMCOR cleaning buckets and to educate them on what goes into one. Specifics can be found on the UMCOR Flood Buckets web page.