As Hurricane Season Approaches: Disaster Response Preparation Time

5/31/2018

With hurricane season approaching, now is a good time for churches to do a quick disaster-ready assessment.

"Churches interested in being a shelter, or offering church volunteers to serve in local shelters, will want to contact their local Red Cross or emergency management now," said Rev. Scott Parrish, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator. "This can be a dynamic community connection for a congregation and puts a church in the right communication and coordination prior to a disaster as it's too late to reach out on the days of impact." 

It's also a good time to visit https://www.ngumc.org/disasterresponseministry to review deployment procedures and see upcoming trainings (though most trainings are held in the "off-season" in the winter).

Those with previous Disaster Response experience may consider registering for a Train the Trainer event in June. Contact Parrish for more information at scott.parrish@ngumc.net. Trainers need to be willing to conduct conference level ERT training 2-4 times a year, need the recommendation of their pastor, and need to be able to work as part of the North Georgia Conference disaster response team as we all serve as player/coaches in this style ministry. 
 


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