Preparing for Disaster: Church Resources

Resources for Lay Leaders in the Church

Disaster Preparedness in the Local Church. Distribute this resource to your congregation's moderator, deacons, property/buildings committee, finance committee, Christian education, missions/outreach, and your church members.

Ongoing Preparation: 

  • Send out email with suggestions and preparations when disaster is predicted
  • Seek host churches for out-of-state disaster response volunteers
  • Provide workshops for church preparedness
    • Emotional resilience
    • Media usage training
    • Church and personal preparedness: Including directions for “Shelter in Place” resources.
  • Assist churches to connect with their local community disaster response protocol and people
  • Provide online and social media trainings and educational resources including web links to existing resources
  • Recruit and train additional clergy and lay experienced mentors and volunteers
  • Explore trauma remediation and resilience resources and trainings
  • Provide resources for annual emergency preparedness day/month

Advanced Preparation:

  • Send out email with suggestions and preparations when disaster is predicted
  • Discuss disaster response protocols with church leadership
  • Contact local disaster management officials to learn about disaster response protocols and any role the church is expected to play 
  • Discuss disaster response protocols with ecumenical and civil society partners

General Resources


Local Church Disaster Preparedness and Response Planning Guidefrom the United Church of Christ

Disaster Tips Sheets from the National Disaster Interfaiths Network

Resources on Fire Safety 

While we all know that the church is not a building, the loss of your building due to fire is often devastating for a congregation. Have a look at these resources as a first step toward protecting your church.

Religious Candle Safetya new resource from the National Fire Protection Agency

Protecting our church buildings from firesome items for your church safety checklist.

Winter Preparedness for your Church

Emergency Kit Checklist

Faith Communities and Cold Weather Hazards

Faith Communities and Disaster Sheltering

Vulnerable Populations and Disaster