Families. The first step in helping others is to prepare yourself and your family for a disaster. People need to be prepared if a disaster strikes while they are at home, work, or church. Families are taught in a six-week Small Group Bible Study how to prepare for disaster or interruption of utility services. This DVD-based course doesn't require the facilitator to be a preparedness expert!
Churches. We help churches create and implement an all-hazards plan. This plan involves identifying potential hazards based on your location and climate. Personnel are trained what to do whether the need is small or great. Preparing congregations brings peace of mind because people know they will be cared for and leadership knows they can care for their congregation.
Emergency Communications and Chaplains. God called us to use our communication skills, experience, and passion to prepare the Body of Christ to use communication to minister to disaster survivors. Communication is essential for all human needs to be known and met. We train volunteers to provide emergency communications using Ham Radio. We also train chaplains to provide emotional and spiritual care through Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), Psychological First Aid (PFA), and other disaster-relevant courses.
Multi-Church Disaster Relief Network. We work with churches to form a disaster relief network and we train volunteers to provide long-term physical, emotional, and spiritual care for those who have been displaced. Long-term care is needed because most disaster relief organizations and government agencies provide relief for only a few weeks. Churches have a vested interest in their community and have the opportunity to sponsor displaced families. Our church disaster relief network program provides unity of purpose while allowing each church in the network to help sponsored families as they see fit. The network also encourages many in the congregation to use their unique gifts to serve because numerous services are needed by families as they get back on their feet.
Practice, Deploy, and Follow-Up
We run practice drills for volunteer teams to identify weak areas before disasters so that addition training needs are met before failure. An untested plan has little value.
All deployments involve briefing volunteers before they deploy and supporting them physically, emotionally, and spiritually while they are on scene. Debriefings are conducted after teams return home. This includes providing post-deployment information for the volunteer's family so they are prepared to support their loved one when they return home from a stressful deployment.
Follow-up involves identifying areas that can be improved upon and ensuring that all volunteers are debriefed and are made stronger because of their deployment.