Managing in Chaos: Serving in Disaster

Disaster Tip Sheets for Religious Leaders this workshop is entitled “Managing in Chaos: Serving in Disaster” and explores disaster resilience for religious leaders. 
This is an interactive one-day orientation to disaster resilience is based on 16 all-hazards Disaster Tip Sheets for Religious Leaders. The tip sheets help leaders prepare to serve in effective, inclusive, and compassionate ways when disasters strike.

CURRICULUM:
A “chaos game” opens the session, engaging participants in the “feel” of a disaster in their community.  Subsequent activities focus on helping communities to manage the “chaos” in ways that promote healing and growth for the body-mind-and-spirit of individuals and their communities.
The day is generally divided into the four phases of a disaster lifecycle (like most of the Tip Sheets) as follows:

  • Mitigation: Implement measures to lessen future impact of disaster on houses of worship and faith-based organizations and the services they provide
  • Preparedness:  Incorporate best practices and lessons learned into plans/systems, ensuring necessary resources are available
  • Response:  Implement contingency plans designed to save lives, protect property, provide for public welfare, maintain essential services
  • Recovery:  Help communities heal, return to a state similar to or improved from pre-disaster conditions

Activities include:

  • Spider web exercise
  • Tabletop exercise
  • Story-telling exchange
  • Photo analysis
  • Tabletop exercise – flu planning guide template
  • Three-part brain exercise
  • Nested model of analysis
  • Meaning exercise

Tip Sheet Topics:

  - Disaster Basics for Faith Communities
 
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  - The Role of Faith Communities in Disasters
 
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  - The Disaster Lifecycle: Where Do Religious Leaders Fit In?
 
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  - Faith Communities & Evacuation Planning
 
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  - Faith Communities & Disaster Sheltering
 
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  - How to Use Your House of Worship in a Disaster
 
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  - Faith Communities & Disaster Volunteerism
 
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  - Faith Communities & Donations Management
 
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  - Continuity of Operations Planning: Ministry & Services Post-Disaster
 
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  - Disaster Spiritual Care
 
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  - Self-Care for Religious Leaders
 
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  - Faith Communities & Disaster Mental Health
 
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  - Trauma Resilience and Harm Reduction in the Community
 
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  - Disaster Backlash: Bias Crimes & Mitigation
 
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  - National Faith-Based Disaster Service Organizations
 
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