In the report, Preparing Communities: the critical integration of faith-based organizations into emergency planning and response,” it was noted how our Nation has not effectively planned for integrating faith-based organizations (FBO’s) into overall response efforts. It went on to state, “They must be treated as critical entities.”
The City of Beckley recognizes the tremendous role our FBO’s play in our area on a daily basis. They already serve as centers of community involvement, resources of health and wellness, and networks of organizational communication. However, the City also views them as integral partners in various emergency management efforts, beginning with being adequately prepared on both an individual or congregational basis. This continues with the many services FBO’s can provide during the response and recovery phases of a disaster.
To that end, various resources have been developed specifically for FBO’s, and many of these are listed below. If you should have any questions concerning these resources or need additional information concerning this effort, please contact Kevin Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-0034.
Christian Emergency Network
“Community Arise” Disaster Ministry Curriculum
Episcopal Relief & Development
FEMA’s “Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone” online course.
National Disasters Interfaith Network
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Project G.R.A.C.E. (Getting Ready Ahead of Catastrophic Events)