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Starting a Disaster Response Ministry

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Starting a Disaster Response Ministry

After a disaster, many people feel an overwhelming need to “do something.” But work trips are fraught with opportunities for ineffectiveness and injury, especially if planned and implemented hastily.

To maximize your ministry’s effectiveness, it’s important to lay the groundwork. You’ll need organization, training, and understanding about the process of disaster relief and recovery.

With proper training and preparation, your organization can safely and effectively serve people whose lives have been overturned by a disaster. Start building a successful disaster response ministry today.

CONTENTS
Lay a Good Groundwork
Preparation improves disaster response's effectiveness.
By Laura J. Brown

Disaster Relief Teams
Is your crew ready for action?
By Laura J. Brown

How Churches and FEMA Can Work Together
The former head of the agency on churches' important role in disaster response.
Interview with W. Craig Fugate by Jamie Aten

How to Start a Disaster Ministry
The vital steps churches can take in creating the best ministry for the worst times.
By Jamie Aten

How to Train Disaster Volunteers in Your Church
Five steps for building and preparing a disaster ministry team.
By Jamie Aten

How Not to Bring Relief after a Natural Disaster
Guidance for churches that want to help in the wake of natural calamities.
Interview with Dr. Jamie Aten by Ashley Emmert

Three Ways to be a Good Neighbor to Disaster Survivors
What the Good Samaritan parable can teach us about helping after Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
By Jamie Aten

How to Provide Spiritual and Emotional Care in the Wake of Natural Disasters
Guidelines for ensuring your ministry is a blessing, not a burden, to those hurting.
By Jamie Aten and Laura Shannonhouse

When Disaster Strikes
How to donate or volunteer successfully.

Providing Temporary Shelter
Tips for making your church a refuge.
By Laura J. Brown