Not if, but when.
A crisis can happen anytime, anywhere. Planning before, response during, and recovery after crises are all critical stages to lessen the severity and longevity of the damage that may occur–that is, structural, physical and emotional damages.
The Eastern PA Conference has key persons and protocols that victims of crises–especially disasters–can call upon for timely, sensitive, experienced assistance. We have a conference Disaster Response Team and District Coordinators ready to help, along with District Superintendents and the Communications Office. All church leaders should learn about disaster response news, information, responders and resources, as well as steps to prepare and response to disasters.
Featured News & Information
Whether it’s “time, talent and treasure,” as cited in several biblical passages, or the “prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness” of The United Methodist Church’s membership vows, the sharing of God’s many gifts and merciful grace is key to the lives of faithful stewards. Indeed, 1 Peter 4:8-11 calls us to be deeply loving of one another, eager to extend hospitality and willing to serve others with all our gifts... Read More
The road to recovery is long and hard for churches and communities in our region devastated by floods that were unleashed by Hurricane Ida’s remnant storms two months ago. But “by walking one makes the road,” in the words of poet Antonio Machado. So, volunteer work teams and dedicated donors are helping to make the road to recovery by their steps, giving their time to arduous weekend labors on damaged homes... Read More
While Conference Advance Special projects are proposed and approved by our Annual Conference each year, we have an ongoing Advance Special giving opportunity to support disaster response needs in the Eastern PA. When storms severely damage our Eastern PA churches and communities we try to aid them with relief and restoration funds, as well as volunteer assistance as we are able. Your gifts help us to help our churches and neighbors in need. Please give using our Disaster Response Advance Special project #0345. Thank you! Please see our Giving page to learn more.
Disaster and Crisis Prevention for Churches
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides this Houses of Worship Security Self-Assessment Tool. Prepared by the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), it is a security planning resource useful for church facilities. This tool along with other faith-based resources are located on the Faith Based Organization-Houses of Worship (FBO-HOW) resource page, which includes assessments, trainings, planning, exercises, and other materials focused on the mitigation of a wide range of manmade threats (e.g., bombing, active shooter, vehicle ramming) that could be used against the FBO-HOW community. Learn More
Not if, but when – A crisis can happen anytime, anywhere. It is therefore important to have an action plan in place before a crisis happens. The time to begin planning and practicing for a crisis is before it happens, before the emotion, stress, and tension of the event strike.
What is a crisis? – A crisis can be an event or emergency associated in some way with the Church but beyond its control, wherein there is potential for damage to individuals or to the image of the Church and its ability to be in ministry and which we might expect to become public... Read More
Disaster Response Job Openings
The Eastern PA Conference has an immediate need for a Disaster Recovery Director to assist with disaster response and recovery efforts across the Southeastern Philadelphia region. The director would work closely with the Director of Connectional Ministries, the Disaster Response Coordinator, and the Volunteers in Mission Coordinator to manage the design, implementation, and communication of the recovery plan.
The director would be called to partner with Southeastern VOADs and other disaster response efforts in Chester, Montgomery & Philadelphia counties most recently devastated by Hurricane Isaias and Hurricane Ida and identify resources for the development of the recovery program
The director would manage contracts with required vendors, develop and deploy training documentation and communication for volunteer teams, coordinate with case managers and construction managers as services are deployed, and work closely with the Case Manager and construction supervisor on the deployment of teams to the construction sites. A key role will be to assist with the recruitment, deployment, and coordination of volunteers
The Eastern PA Conference has an immediate need for a Case Manager to work with individuals and families who are recovering from Hurricane Ida & Hurricane Isaiasa across the Southeastern Philadelphia region. On behalf of the Eastern PA United Methodist Conference , the Case Manager would serve as a primary point of contact, assisting the Client in coordinating necessary services and resources to address the client’s complex disaster recovery needs in order to re-establish normalcy and holistic recovery.
The case manager would work closely with the Recovery Director to identify vulnerable persons in need of services and referrals, screen applicants to identify urgency of need, and direct individuals to appropriate services, information and referral.