September 30 is disaster preparedness day.  Use the resources on this page to learn how your congregation and your family can be prepared for natural disasters. Participate in the PDA/PW collaboration to ensure your mid-council is prepared.

Learn how your congregation and family can prepare to respond to local disasters - strengthened, informed, and ready to reach out in your community with the hope of Christ.


God with Us graphicGod With Us — Worship and Christian education resources for congregational use after a local disaster, with emphasis on the needs of children, youth, and families immediately after a disaster. (68 pages)



resource image cover faith amidst disasterFaith in the Midst of Community Disaster: a Bible study on Disaster Preparedness, by Rev. Joan LeRoy Abell.  Our faith informs how we deal with disaster—not only strengthening and giving hope; but also shaping how we help others rebuild and experience that hope. (24 pages)



resource image cover prepare to carePrepare to Care: Guide to Disaster Ministry in Your Congregation — a guide for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. (87 pages)




resource image cover for Together We TriumphTogether We Triumph: Youth Response to Disaster is a resource about dealing with disaster for Church Youth Leaders created by a joint task force of United Methodists and Presbyterians. Available online in the church store, PDS# 74340-95-019, free (includes leader manual and student activity guide); or you may download and print copies as needed:  Church Youth Leader's Manual (90 pages)     Student Fellowship Activity Guide (42 pages)

Additional online materials and training for families and communities

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Family information

Disaster Services Training


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Web site

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Information that can help families protect themselves from public health threats following flooding


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Formidable Footprint neighborhood disaster tabletop exercises for CERTS, neighborhood watch programs, etc., presented by Disaster Resistant Communities Group

Find out more on the Formidable Footprint web site


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