Ahhh, the smell of Saturday…in the last day of the second week in 2014 National Preparedness Month.
“Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”
Finishing strong in week-2!
This week’s theme is consistent with FEMA’s National Preparedness Campaign: Know How To plan for specific needs before a Disaster.
#13: Plan with religious agencies to support recovery efforts after a disaster. Keep an updated list at the ready. #NatlPrep #Prepared2014
Now, I’m not much of a church guy…however you don’t need to be religious to realize these services exist. It would be well worth your time to learn what groups are active and which ones could support your recovery efforts after a big disaster.
So keep a current list with names and phone numbers of groups who are active in disaster recovery. As an example:
- The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart who respond to the needs of those who are poor, isolated, marginalized or without hope.
- The Southern Baptist group does a great meal service for those affected by disasters.
- The Lutheran Church provides great immigration and refugee services.
- The Mennonite Disaster Service does some solid work in cleanup, repair, and rebuilding homes.
And if you don’t use them, maybe your neighbors could utilize their services.
All planning should force you to think outside-the-box when addressing unmet needs. All of these groups are a vital part of our All-Hazards response in rebuilding every community post-disaster.