When disasters happen, people turn to local churches as centers for response and assistance. When floods or tornadoes devastate an area, or when shootings and violence shock a community, knowing what to do can be the difference between calm and chaos, courage and fear, life and death. But few churches plan in advance for what they should do― until the storm hits. Don't get caught unprepared. If a natural disaster or human tragedy strikes your community, your church can minister to the hurting. Jamie Aten and David Boan, codirectors of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, provide a practical guide for disaster preparedness. Disaster ministry is a critically important work of the church, preparing for the unthinkable, providing relief to survivors, caring for the vulnerable and helping communities recover. Filled with resources for emergency planning and crisis management, this book provides best practices for local congregations. By taking action in advance, your church can help prevent harm and save lives during a disaster. The time to plan is now. Be prepared.
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“In this clearly written and practical manual, Drs. Aten and Boan have laid the groundwork for future disaster studies, in particular, for local churches meeting the needs of the vulnerable. People with cognitive disabilities and forms of mental illness require special attention in disaster risk and recovery. And people with disabilities are two to four times less likely to survive disasters than the rest of the population. In response, the authors have moved us wonderfully in the right direction. The reader highly recommends this book to all local church and Christian organizational leaders who are willing to assist people during their time of disaster need.” ~Taken from A review of Jamie D. Aten and David M. Boan. Disaster Ministry Handbook. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2016 in the Journal of Global Christianity (forthcoming).
This is a much-needed work in this particular area of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. It combines those areas just mentioned with past disasters, best practices, practical questions, and several user-friendly forms to use as a template for developing plans for faith-based responses. I recommend this for those who are new to this arena, or to veterans for up-to-date information and future guidance. For those who are considering how to be involved in disaster ministries, this is also a stellar choice for getting the ball rolling well!
Excellent book to guide your church in preparing an emergency plan as well as exploring the framework to launch a disaster ministry. Note, when conducting a hazard assessment, save time by checking with your local Emergency Manager for the current county assessment. Your local EM is also likely to help you out with planning.
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