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. Its 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.
- Episcopal Asset Map
- Diocese of Missouri on the asset map
- Episcopal Relief and Development
- information on Disaster Plans from Episcopal Relief and Development
- Helping in times of disaster (the phases of disaster and recovery) from ERD
- stlvolunteer.org is from United Way, gives info on volunteer and donation opportunities and ability to register. Covers an area wider than metro STL
Flood Specific Resources
- Flooding- SEMA (State Emergency Management Agency)
- Flood related resources from MU extension
- Travel conditions on roads from MODOT
- United Way's dial 2-1-1 now includes flood information (1-800-427-4626 for some cell phone users)
Additionally of interest, from Katie Mears at ERD-US disaster
- About how important it is not to accept all the donations that are offered: Working with Donations After a Disaster
- This piece about self-care is helpful: Self-Care for Church Leaders
- There are many other pieces (tip sheets, case studies, etc.) in the Resource Library on ERD's website that have ideas about post-disaster ministry for churches