Eric S. Anderson|
Minister of Communications and Technology
Churches have a long history of working together in response to the needs of people when emergencies occur. They have helped build, rebuild, and renew communities after disasters. In responding to God's call to reduce the vulnerability of people to disasters and to meet the humanitarian and spiritual needs of disaster survivors, caregivers and first-responders, the faith community participates in an emergency management system that encompasses government, the private sector (including business and industry) and other voluntary organizations.
Local congregations are the fundamental disaster response units of the faith community. They provide the focus for ministry and the effective utilization of volunteer/financial/material resources. Their effectiveness starts with a basic understanding of how they fit into the emergency management system.
Members of the Conference Disaster Response Team are available to meet with congregations in developing their local disaster response plans.