Prepare to Care: Guide to Disaster Ministry in Your Congregation — a guide for disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Prepare to Care is a companion manual of the Community Arise disaster ministry curriculum, a project of Church World Service and its members and other related denominations and communions.

Designed for clergy and lay leaders in congregations, the manual covers the same content as the eight learning and training modules that are part of Community Arise:

  • Basic Disaster Ministry
  • Disaster Case Management
  • Disaster Long-Term Recovery
  • Volunteer Management & Coordination
  • Emotional & Spiritual Care in Disaster
  • Children & Youth in Disaster
  • Technology-Caused Disaster Response
  • Vulnerability to Disaster. 

Prepare to Care is the product of many contributors including CWS partners who participated in development of Community Arise – American Baptist Churches, Catholic Charities USA, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Church of the Brethren, Lutheran Disaster Response, Mennonite Disaster Service, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Reformed Church of America, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Committee on Relief, CWS Emergency Response Program staff, specialists, and former disaster volunteers.

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