Now is a good time to review your readiness plans in the event a disaster happens in your community. Check your lists, your phone numbers, your contact system, and your batteries.
Know your congregation's emergency response procedures so that you are able to check in with members and your communities. Be ready to offer the church facilities as emergency gathering places or safe places - if you are able.
Finally, know that if the worse happens and you are in the midst of the disaster, there are additional resources and help available through the larger church. Liz DeMik and Sally Hiller at the Southeastern District Office stand ready to assist in connecting you with resources through Lutheran Disaster Response, LCMS Disaster Response, and a host of SED congregations and people who are prepared and ready to serve as early responders.
The Southeastern District has numerous resources to assist in Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. Check the resource page on the right or contact Liz DeMik. If you are interested in a congregational training session (for church, home, and community) contact Liz.
The Southeastern District Disaster Response Task Force works to collect and provide information to assist congregations and members to be prepare for times of disaster.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Deaconess Liz DeMik, SED Disaster Recovery Assistant at 1-800-637-5723 Ext. 215 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Southeastern District encourages:
_____ each congregation to identify a disaster coordinator for the congregation. Please forward a name and contact information on a contact for your congregation to email@example.com
____each congregation to prepare a congregational disaster plan (a six module program to assist in this planning has been developed by the district task force and is available from the link above.
A series of video modules developed for Congregations
Disaster Preparedness Resources - this page is a link to resources for congregations