Disasters will come into the lives of families and communities. There is no question of whether they will come, but when they will come. Whether a disaster dislocates one household, a whole community, or a region, people need churches that are prepared to respond. Lott Carey’s Disaster Services Network helps congregations equip families and communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters – large and small. We seek to:
- Educate congregations and communities toward effective disaster preparedness:
- Encourage congregations to recruit and train volunteers to participate in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
- Recruit churches to become certified as shelters in areas that are vulnerable to disasters and with vulnerable populations.
- Establish Resurrection Centers in the aftermath of disasters to provide spiritual care and case management in vulnerable communities.
Join the Lott Carey Disaster Services Network
Lott Carey and the American Red Cross have identified four (4) ways to help churches build more resilient communities and to help individuals and families prepare for and respond to disasters. The Lott Carey Disaster Services Network is prioritizing the following areas of collaboration.
- Household and Community Preparedness – Preparing for disasters before they occur is critical. (1) Download American Red Cross Preparedness Mobile Apps here. (2) Download your Emergency Supply List here from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (3) Help reduce fire fatalities by joining the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign designed to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires. Contact us to organize your community outreach.
- Volunteer Participation – Recruit individuals to be able to respond to disasters as volunteers in shelters and/or with local disaster assistance teams.
- Use of Facilities – Form agreements for the potential use of church facilities to support Red Cross Disaster responses (i.e. as a shelter for food and material distribution and/or for emergency stays).
- Blood Program Support – Recruit churches to host blood drives in collaboration with congregational and/or community partners.
Download information about the Lott Carey – Red Cross partnership here.
To join the Lott Carey Disaster Services Network contact:
Kathi L. Reid, Disaster Services Program Manager
301.429.3300, extension 12, firstname.lastname@example.org