Disaster preparedness

The bishop has appointed Deacon Jerre Birdsong and Deacon Nancy Belcher as diocesan disaster coordinators. (Contact info at bottom of page.) The deacons will assist congregations to identify their capacity to support affected communities, and in the case of an actual disaster, assist in assessing needs and implementing the response in determining how to best get resources where needed.

The deacons are our diocesan liaisons to Episcopal Relief & Development, the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church. ERD's four program areas include alleviating hunger and improving food supply; creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities; promoting health and fighting disease; and responding to disasters and rebuilding communities.

Our deacons also work with ERD's U.S. Disaster Program. It's mission is to inspire, connect, and equip leaders of U.S. dioceses in the Episcopal Church to prepare for hazards that might affect their communities, to mitigate the impact of disasters, and to help vulnerable people make a full and sustained recovery.

 Remember Ezekiel 38:7--Be ready and keep ready, you and all the companies that are assembled around you, and hold yourselves in reserve for them.

Resources

Flood Specific Resources

Additionally of interest, from Katie Mears at ERD-US disaster

More Info

Contacts: Deacon Jerre Birdsong, disaster coordinator for metro parishes in the diocese and diocesan liaison to Episcopal Relief and Development; Deacon Nancy Belcher, disaster coordinator for out-of-metro-area parishes in the diocese; The Rev. Canon Joe Chambers, in-office disaster coordinator for the Offices of the Bishop.

Related websites: Episcopal Relief and Development, Episcopal Asset Map.

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