New Resources from FEMA/CISA

Faith-based organizations. Additional sources re cybersecurity included.

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Critical Role of Faith Communities

The Critical Role of Faith Communities in Fighting Covid 19. Podcast from Johns Hopkins Univ.. [Note it downloads slowly, so be patient.]

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Churches as Major Source of Covid-19

Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are a Major Source of Coronavirus Cases. The virus has infiltrated Sunday services, church meetings and youth camps. More than 650 cases have been linked to reopened religious facilities.

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Resources re Covid-19

The NYDIS has an excellent collection of guidance re Covid-19.

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CDC Guidance for Community Groups and Houses of Worship

Guidance re reopening for community groups and houses of workship

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Choir Singers Do Spread Germs

From the WashPost: White House and CDC Remove Coronavirus Warnings About Choirs in Guidance.

Sadly the White House has corrupted the CDC. This revised guidance makes no sense and is dangerous to the health of attendees of religious services.

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Reopening Checklists for Faith-Based Organizations – revised

As of Friday afternoon, May 22: Interim Guidance for Administrators and Leaders of Community- and Faith-Based Organizations to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Here is another resource for faith-based organizations. See this 17 page document titled PANDEMIC REOPENING & REENTRY CHECKLIST FOR FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, Version 1.0 ; 15 May 2020.

This document is available from  The Faith-Based Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (FB-ISAO). There are various categories of membership, one of which is free.


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Webinar – May 12

Today, Tuesday, May 12th, at 5:30 PM (ET) we invite you to join FEMA Region II National Preparedness Division for a webinar on best practices for emergency planning and COVID-19 reconstitution from a faith leader’s perspective.

Rev. Dr. Miriam Burnett of the Jones Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, PA. will talk about her experience as a medical doctor – and pastor – in preparing her congregation as well as the AME Church denomination during times of disaster. Learn how she plans for emergencies, including pandemics, for congregations of different sizes and locations.

REGISTER HEREEmergency Planning From A Pastor’s Perspective Webinar Registration

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Upcoming Webinar – April 29

FEMA REGION II WEBINAR: The Importance of Planning and Best Practices for Houses of Worship

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020, 1 PM – 2:30 PM ET

  • Please join the Region II National Preparedness Division webinar for houses of worship and faith-based organizations with introductory remarks from the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives.
  • During this webinar speakers from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness/Interfaith Advisory Council, New York Disaster Interfaith Services and New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters will discuss the importance of emergency operations and continuity planning as well as resources each of the organizations provide to support Houses of Worship.
  • Best practices for performing essential functions and continuing their missions to serve congregants during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be highlighted during the discussion by guest speakers from  African Methodist Episcopal Church and United Sikhs.

Registration: Register for the Best Practices for Houses of Worship Webinar. Make sure to test your Adobe Connect before the meeting.

This event will include live captioning.

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Expert Advice from the CDC

From the CDC: Checklist for Community and Faith Organizations. “Community- and faith-based organizations are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in their communities. Use this checklist to protect the health of those you serve and staff in your care.”

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