Role of Faith-based and Community Organizations in Advancing the Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management

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Improved disaster preparedness and recovery efforts

Impacted by Hurricane Katrina, human service providers in Northwest Alabama came together in 2006 to develop a simple-to-use technology solution that would improve their disaster preparedness and recovery efforts. Collaborative discussions led to the creation of CharityTracker, a secure online hub for real-time communication and data exchange. Today, this technology is now at work in over 500 cities, helping thousands ...more »

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Backup Communications are Vital part of Emergency Preparedness

Neighborhood CERT graduates have acquired an Amateur Radio license and purchased handheld radios. Training and exercise programs presented by the volunteer CERT Radio program emphasize sustainability, self-reliance, and, through use of an international standard protocol, cooperation in a large group. Radio networking among neighbors who live in and are familiar with the affected areas are thus able to maintain effective, ...more »

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Communications Platform for Victim-Response Efforts

One thing Sandy; in particular, Staten Island, taught me is that the very first relief and recovery on the ground occured through the work of the victims of disasters themselves. It is often difficult for government, or even VOADs to integrate the overall relief effort with what what these "neighbors helping neighbors" are doing. These spontaneous groups can be supported by, coordinated with, and allowed tech support, ...more »

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Integrating Churches Into Disaster Recovery Operations

In coordination with our GIS department for data support, we have prepared a letter which will go to all churches in the county offering an emergency preparedness presentation and to learn about their disaster response/relief capabilities; gauging their level of interest in committing to a recovery related function. Based on our recent gap analysis we are looking for Neighborhood Distribution & Information Points (NDIP) ...more »

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Develop a National Volunteer Chaplain Corp

Have DHS' Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships develop a volunteer Chaplain program with the aid of the faith based disaster responbse organizations. Program should take into account what current organizations are requiring and doing so they can be incorporated as resources for affected areas. Develop a CPG to assit the faith based community and its tie in with the mental health community.

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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. ...more »

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Church preparedness as shelter

While church preparedness has been addressed, I have not noticed how to prepare a church to become a shelter when asked. During our Colorado floods, our church was/is a shelter. I noticed that our church was ill prepared to cope with the adjustments necessary. Some of these were: a helicopter landing pad, rescheduling church activities, Large signs to properly direct parishioners to new access doors to avoid confusion ...more »

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Assisting Communities and Families with Best Practices in Disast

On 6/5/10, tragedy occurred when EF-2- 4 tornados roared through OH, killing 5 and leaving a path of destruction. It is a scene that is too familiar to WSOS Community Action Commission. In Nov 2002 and 2011, tornados/floods also hit, leaving families in need. Each time, faith and community based orgs came together and created Long Term Recovery Teams (LTRT) to stabilize and case manage families through the crisis. Families ...more »

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RACES and Non-Faith Based groups

As RACES (the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) is already nationally established, well organized and equipped for disaster communications, it might be a better place to "plug-in" CERT so that many of the 'sustainment of volunteers' issues associated with city level politics are addressed. If FEMA enabled / encouraged citizens to form their own CERT units for attachment where needed, I know of several motivated ...more »

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Use organizations that train community associations to prepare

Use organizations that train management agents and association board members ( such as "http://www.caionline.org/about/who/Pages/default.aspx") to include readiness and preparation as part of thier training.

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Common Ground, Common Sense - VOAD request pooling.

Bring down the process to the core level. What is it that faith-based, NGOs, nonprofits, and volunteers (let's call these respectively the "Purple Circle", and fit any organization tied to assisting in these activities, especially down to the local level. Consensus of the groups and individuals of the aforementioned agree upon, they wish to assist in the prevention of loss of life and property, educate people on what ...more »

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On your day of worship, how many congregants is present?

Leadership Knowledge In the event of an emergency, does your leadership have the knowledge to do the following? 1. Knowing how to correctly respond to and summon help for a medical emergency? 2. Knowing how to correctly report a fire, smoke or gas leak emergency using the 911 emergency numbers? 3. Knowing the locations of the manual fire alarm pull stations in their area? 4. Knowing how to correctly respond to a ...more »

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