Disasters occur everywhere. They might be natural, such as a flood or earthquake; or, human caused, like an oil spill or train derailment spilling toxic materials in a community. Find out how you can help and ways you can prepare.
Signs, Symptoms and Resources for those Impacted by Disaster and Trauma
There is a typical pattern of reaction and behavior that is common to all people who have been through a crisis, disaster or traumatic incident. Read more about recognizing these behaviors here. Also read in this document:
How to Help Children Cope with Disaster
A new downloadable booklet by FEMA and the Red Cross: Helping Children Cope with Disaster
A resource from Mr. Rogers: Helping Children with Scary News
Do's and Don'ts after Disaster
All compassionate people want to respond following a disaster. Read this instructive blog by UCC pastor Jennifer Mills-Knutsen to learn what kind of help is truly helpful.
Worship and prayer resources following natural disaster
Tips for effective use of the media...
In the event of a disaster or tragedy, ministers may be called upon to comment, make statements, offer hope, and occasionally speak on behalf of congregants. Media interviews can offer the opportunity for a healing experience and may help advocate for a cause. These tips can help prepare pastors, lay leaders, and congregants for the interview process.
A hands-on way to help: Assemble a Church World Service clean-up bucket
These supplies enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood, hurricane, tornado, or other disaster here in the United States.
Protecting our church buildings from fire
While we all know that the church is not a building, the loss of a building due to fire is often devastating for a congregation. Here are some items for your church safety checklist.
Do you need answers, help or more resources?
Contact the MACUCC Disaster Resource Team
Responding to the Oklahoma Tornadoes
It would be hard to miss the images and stories of the impact of the tornado that swept through Moore, Oklahoma. They weigh heavy on hearts and souls. Read more here.
CWS Appeals Urgently for Cleanup Buckets
As the 2,500th CWS Emergency Cleanup Bucket arrives today (May 7) in flood-ravaged Illinois, Church World Service is appealing urgently for people to replenish its rapidly dwindling supply. Read more
View national disaster alert information and donate here.
National Disaster Ministries
National Disaster Ministries programs are conducted in cooperation with and through the 38 Conferences of the United Church of Christ (United States and Puerto Rico). A network of Conference Disaster Coordinators assists in developing preparedness measures before crises occur. Coordinators help to organize volunteers for clean-up and rebuilding efforts; as well as participate in response and long term recovery efforts in communities affected by natural disasters. Learn more here.
Are you and your church prepared for disaster?
A variety of resources are available at this site to help individuals, families and congregations prepare for a disaster.
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