Emergency Planning and Response

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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. Pre-planning 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.

Team Leader Guide


Click here to download Leader Guide.

This guide will help you as you prepare to go into a disaster zone to serve in either cleanup or rebuilding.

Red Cross Sheltering Document

American Red Cross Dallas Area Chapter Disaster Relief

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.”

Flood Buckets

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.

Website Links

Methodist Domestic Disaster Response

North Central Texas Council of Governments Emergency Preparedness Department

Denton County Pandemic Flu Information

UMCOR Sager-Brown Depot

American Red Cross – North Texas Chapter

Texas Division of Emergency Management

Dallas County Emergency Management

Donate to Disaster Response

FEMA Online Courses

FEMA IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS-100)

FEMA IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

FEMA Independent Study Program (ISP)

FEMA National Incident Management System