Improving Disaster Recovery

A large number of articles about the LA floods and disaster recovery in general are posted on RecoveryDiva.com, my other website.

Of general interest, but not specifically aimed at faith-based organizations is this report,  Improving Disaster Recovery.

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Comments from Clergyman in Baton Rouge

From the NY Times of August 19th: The Flood Brings Us Together, but Let’s not Forget the Divides.

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Transcript of Webinar – July 19th

The transcript is now available. July 19th, FEMA Webinar -Emergency Response Training Options for Houses of Worship.  Event is from 2:00-3:00 pm. The public registration access link is https://icpd.adobeconnect.com/howtrain1/event/registration.html

Two of the presenters are colleagues/friends who worked on the Arlington County outreach project to houses of worship.

  1. Talking points/slides from Charlotte Franklin, Arlington County OEM.
  2. Notes from Mary Stewart, Risk Mgr, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, VA

New: Here are the transcripts from FEMA

This recording includes detailed presentation from Mary Stewart, Director of the Office of Risk Management, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, VA and Overview of training resources for Houses of Worship

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Indicators of Suspicious Activity

See: Suspicious Activity Reporting; Indicators and Examples
Updated indicators and newly added examples.

Thanks to the bulletin of the Jewish Community Relations Council of NY for this citation.

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Federal Rule re Faith-Based Organizations

Fundamental Principles and Policymaking Criteria for Partnerships With Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Organizations

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Recent Training for Catholic Churches and Schools

Arlington County (VA) Office of Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, recently provided two training sessions, one aimed at staff training to Minimize Operational Disruption and the second, which was aimed at training lay leaders and volunteers to manage events safely, called Safe Worship. The agendas, presentations, and other content materials are on the Exercises and Training  page of this site.

This was the fourth and final workshop offered by Arlington OEM, under a grant from the Dept. of Homeland Security.  The first workshop included primarily houses of worship in Arlington County; the second one was done in conjunction with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington; and the third and fourth workshops were done in conjunction with the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.   The staff learned a lot and developed many materials for these workshops and will be glad to share them with appropriate, interested persons.

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Free FEMA Course on Religious and Cultural Literacy

The full title of this free, online FEMA course is: IS-505: Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster. Although the stated time to complete the course is noted as 5 hours, I was able to do in in much less time.

Once you have mastered the material and pass the final exam, you will receive a certificate of completion.

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Toolkit for NGOs

ENGAGED Toolkit. Improving the Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in Disaster Response and Recovery.

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OEMs Reaching out to Houses of Worship

The project team in  the Arlington County (VA) Office of Emergency Management has been doing outreach to houses of worship in our community and in the region for more than a year. We have completed 3 major workshops and will soon post details about the most recent one.

We would like to hear from other communities who have been doing this type of outreach as well as from those who are considering starting such a project.

Feel free to comment publicly or privately.

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FEMA Tip Sheets

An assortment of tip sheets from FEMA for houses of worship and those assisting after a disaster.

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