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Mass Evacuation Plan / None Institutional Emergency Housing

Utilize Faith Based (Churches and other Organizations) to form partnerships with other Faith Based (Churches and Organizations).


Conduct appropriate screening of members, organize fellowship events, establish transportation and other logistic resources, pursuant to assignment of families from one organization as sponsors to host another family in the event that a mass evacuation of a displaced populace is required.


A Proof of Concept is underway by several Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity firms with several churches, with the aim of being able to process and evacuate approximately two (2) million personnel / families in a 48 hour period.


FEMA should consider funding these types of initiatives in respect to assistance for maintenance of church vehicles (vans and buses) and reimbursement to hosting families as designated temporary shelters.

Submitted by in Feb 2014

Comments (11)

  1. Great idea FB...lots of churchs also have kitchens for community functions...that could help a lot too.
    in Feb 2014
    1. Frank.Bradley Idea Submitter
      That is correct and we have taken it a step further and the model that we are working on anticipates churches in collaboration with other local businesses such as restaurants, so that we get maximum benefit from each organization / businesses core competencies.
      in Mar 2014
  2. This is a great idea. The LDS Church has already been involved with many faith based disaster recovery operations including Hurricane Katrina and many others. Their example should be studied and followed. We don't have to re-invent the wheel.
    in Mar 2014
    1. Frank.Bradley Idea Submitter
      Yes, we agree and our research indicates that LDS is indeed a group of Subject Matter Experts regarding this sort of community support activity.
      in Mar 2014
  3. Each church should have it's own fleet of vehicles or have access to church members vehicles that can be used to transport injured to clinics med centers and to places for care if necessary or evacuation.

    Cities should be able to access buses and the like in an emergency. A survey should be done and given to everyone in a congregation so as to access skills, skill sets and equipment that members have to be able to access in an emergency

    A preparedness plan should be drawn up and exercised on a regular basis. NOT just put on a shelf and dusted off when needed. It should be exercised and revised as necessary.

    Members in the congregation should be taught and licensed as HAM Radio Operators and regularly drill use of radios and emergency procedures to be followed.

    When an emergency strikes congregations that do this would be an excellent resource to their local communities and states.

    Each leadership group in the church should also be schooled in ICS so that they can function better on their own and also in their community. ICS Is WIDELY used in communities throughout this country. ICS 100, 200, 600, 700, 800 should be bare minimums.
    in May 2014
  4. Frank.Bradley Idea Submitter
    These are all great ideas that will make the plan even more effective, but we need to get the churches involved.

    The key is their participation.
    1. Churches connecting with each other and having fellowship, while

    2. screening family members backgrounds to ensure that anyone that is "registered" as an offender or has a history of misconduct is identified and excluded from this specific evacuation plan...although they will be evacuated by other means.

    3. Churches maintaining their own buses and vans (with funding from the federal government, because it is cheaper than the government having to maintain its own vehicles)

    4. When a mass evacuation is necessary, people can be located with the families of "sister" sponsor churches.

    But we need to get the churches interested in the concept.
    in May 2014
  5. ICS 100, 200, 600, 700, 800 is the bare minimum. The categories for each level of training have been simplified from those that were in the Five-Year NIMS Training Plan. Training recommendations are now based upon the level of an incident’s complexity (Complexity Guide found on pages 16-17 of the NIMS Training Program) that a person may become involved in, from Type 1 to Type 5. Organizations should consider the complexity of incidents that their jurisdictions are most likely to face and tailor the NIMS training for their personnel to meet those needs.
    HAM Radio Operators? Great idea. Hope there is an idea to encourage them to qualify beyond the Technician Class license to satisfy the capability of ;
    Communications is the fundamental capability within disciplines and jurisdictions that practitioners need
    to perform the most routine and basic elements of their job functions. Agencies must be operable,meaning they must have sufficient wireless communications to meet their everyday internal and emergency communication requirements before they place value on being interoperable, i.e., able to work with other agencies.
    Communications interoperability is the ability of public safety agencies (police, fire, EMS) and service
    agencies (public works, transportation, hospitals, etc.) to talk within and across agencies and jurisdictions via radio and associated communications systems, exchanging voice, data and/or video with one another on demand, in real time, when needed, and when authorized. It is essential that public safety has the intraagency operability it needs, and that it builds its systems toward interoperability.
    Does your church have an agreement/s with the local jurisdiction and has your communications plan been coordinated with the jurisdictions COML to a uniform ICS-205 ? Is your plan designed to an emergency or a disaster condition?
    in May 2014
  6. Frank - perceptualy an excellent idea but with the fact that church and state are supposed to be kept as entities that do not influence or effect each other wouldnt providing them with vehicles be interfering in that process?

    Municipalities should be investing in public transportation alternatives besides buses. Handicapped vans, regualr vans, smaller buses, etc to provide for these transportation needs. The real problem is if you invest today in a vehicle (or are given one by the government) your own budget must increase exponentially to provide for the maintenance, insurance, operating costs, etc.
    in May 2014
    1. Frank.Bradley Idea Submitter
      There are no real laws separating church and state, just an effort to not fuse the two together so that we avoid having an official religion or needing to be religious to officially be involved in anything run by the government. The idea would be that the churches own the vehicles, (buses, vans)and they get compensated by the government for maintenance, driver training and related readiness expenses. Then when we have a need for mass evacuation, we call on the churches to move people from one location to another, specifically people that are members of the church in question get moved to a partner church to be billeted with families instead of in shelters. The churches would also lend excess drivers and vehicles for movement of people that are not church members. It would simply give the evacuation more lift and shift capacity and eliminated some of the need for warehousing families with children.

      The fellowship and pre-screening would make it run smooth compared with starting from scratch every time we have an event.
      in May 2014
  7. The government should not be expected just to give us anything and frankly I DON"T want a handout from them. Churches should organize themselves and work within their own organization to organize and prepare themselves.Get the survey done of members of your churches. Organize your members in geographic areas so as to be able to have the members to be able to help each other in those areas. Appoint team captains and help them to come up with a plan for a generic emergency and then expand on that plan to consider any kind of emergency and build upon that plan. Build into your original survey who owns what type of vehicles and equipment so you know what resources you have so you know how these people can be used in a given situation.
    This way the organization doesn't have to come up with maintenance, insurance and operating costs. The members are already providing for that. Train the members to have their own supplies for their families and to build upon those supplies for sustained ability to survive for short and long term emergencies.
    in May 2014
  8. Lots of great ideas! Most everyone acknowledges that Church and State are legally separate, but in reality the Church fills many social and resource related voids for the State and local community on a regular basis...but more broadly speaking, thousands of NGO's are available to fulfill functions and voids, therefore, a list of all NGO's per county per task could be created to meet the needs of the public as a back-up workforce/resource expansion options.
    Note: As far as I know, most of these organizations do the work for free because they are funded by public donations. Reimbursement is usually only a viable option if there was prior agreements made, or the non-for-profit organization is in a key position to secure public safety under unique circumstances and is heavily burdened in doing so, and asked to sustain their function for a protracted time period.
    in Aug 2014

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