April 30, 2014

By Dan Steska

“Find a champion within the church to be trained as a disaster coordinator--this helps in developing a disaster response policy, and keeping that in front of church leadership. Emphasize small group ministries so that people are connected and ready to help one another after a disaster – clean up, housing, relational support. Make sure data is backed up off-site. Have a contingency plan for where you would meet for worship and other ministries.” – Pastor Aaron Brown, St. Paul’s UMC, Joplin Tornado
“Plan in advance for: How do you account for members and who was affected? How will you deal with damage to your building? How can you connect volunteers with needs?” – Mark Statler, Southwest District Superintendent

Fire Facts

“Gather these items away from the church: insurance policy and agent, restoration companies, a contact list of church leaders in their church. Establish a disaster committee, an alternative worship. Remember you need your prayer group to be praying diligently as you take this journey, and know God is with you even in the midst of this.” – Pastor Michelle McGhee, The Village Church, Dec. 2013 Fire

Deadly Force Intruder Facts

Child Abuse Facts

Church Fraud Facts

“Always have asset lists, document copies, and church contact list offsite, as well as a list of responders you can count on. P.S. Gift cards are much better ‘things’ for meeting immediate needs.” – Pastors Sharon and Tommy Freeman, St. James, Joplin

Tornado Facts

So What Can We Really Do...Today? 

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Creative Ministries provides a ‘10 Step Planning’ presentation for your church: “Intruder Security: Church Disaster Readiness.” For more information contact Dan Steska, Disaster Response Coordinator at 573-474-7155 or steska@umocm.com.