Disaster Tips Sheets for U.S. Religious Leaders

In May 2011, the National Disaster Interfaiths Network launched its Be A Ready Congregation campaign.  Key to this campaign are the NDIN "Disaster Tip Sheets for U.S. Religious Leaders." Each Tip Sheet offers religious leaders in the U.S. all-hazards best practices and resource links about disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery – specifically of relevance to religious leaders, faith communities and faith-based organizations.

A free resource, the Tip Sheets have been developed to assist American faith communities as they seek to provide mitigation education and preparedness training or when they respond to crises and activate their congregations to coordinate volunteers, manage donations, provide mass care, attend to spiritual and mental health needs, and continue  their many religious and social services post-disaster.

Because religious leaders are among the first and most trusted sources of risk-communication and leadership in the houses of worship, neighborhoods, and faith communities where  they serve, they have an important role when disasters strike. These Tip Sheets aim to educate and assist religious leaders and their congregations, as they prepare to serve and respond in effective, inclusive, and compassionate ways.

As part of the Be A Ready Congregation campaign, NDIN will regularly release new Tip Sheets and other best practices and resource tools.   Please monitor our website or register for iNET, our free monthly e-newsletter, to learn more about new releases. NDIN also offers a Tip Sheet Orientation as well as other trainings designed to orient religious leaders and their emergency management or disaster public health and mental health partners to faith-based disaster human services best practices. For more information, contact  us at info@n-din.org.

NDIN Tip Sheets can be downloaded below. All rights are reserved - If our material is quoted or duplicated in other resources, please acknowledge the source. To view a Tip Sheet, click on the link:

00 - Disaster Tip Sheets & Trainings for U.S. Religious Leaders English (334kb)
01 - Disaster Basics for Faith Communities EnglishEspañol (195kb)
02 - The Disaster Lifecycle: Where Do Religious Leaders Fit In? EnglishEspañol (193kb)
03 - National Faith-Based Disaster Service Organizations English (148kb)
04 - The Role of Faith Communities in Disasters EnglishEspañol (146kb)
05 - How to Use Your House of Worship in a Disaster EnglishEspañol (154kb)
06 - Disaster Backlash: Bias Crimes & Mitigation EnglishEspañol (140kb)
07 - Active Shooter in a House of Worship EnglishEspañol (154kb)
08 - Continuity Of Operations Planning EnglishEspañol (142kb)
09 - Self-Care for Religious Leaders EnglishEspañol (146kb)
10 - Disaster Spiritual Care EnglishEspañol (143kb)
11 - Faith Communities & Disaster Mental Health EnglishEspañol (173kb)
12 - Faith Communities & the Disaster Distress Helpline EnglishEspañol (201kb)
13 - Faith Communities & Trauma Resilience EnglishEspañol (157kb)
14 - Faith Communities & Risk Communication EnglishEspañol (150kb)
15 - Faith Communities & Evacuation Planning EnglishEspañol (155kb)
16 - Faith Communities & Disaster Sheltering EnglishEspañol (176kb)
17 - Faith Communities & Long-Term Recovery EnglishEspañol (164kb)
18 - Faith Communities & Debris or Mud Removal EnglishEspañol (165kb)
19 - Faith Communities & Cold Weather Hazards EnglishEspañol (152kb)
20 - Faith Communities & Hot Weather Hazards EnglishEspañol (140kb)
21 - Faith Communities & Disaster Volunteerism EnglishEspañol (146kb)
22 - Faith Communities & Donations Management EnglishEspañol (152kb)
23 - Immigrant Eligibility for Disaster Assistance EnglishEspañol (173kb)
24 - Children & Disaster EnglishEspañol (148kb)
25 - LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) Needs & Disaster EnglishEspañol (139kb)
26 - Vulnerable Populations & Disaster EnglishEspañol (146kb)