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Disaster Preparedness at the Episcopal Church in Vermont

Disaster Response Plan (PDF)

We plan for disasters so that the Episcopal Church in Vermont might participate in God’s mission by providing structure and process for physical, psychological, and spiritual restoration following natural or human-made disasters. The Disaster Response Plan document is not meant to be a prescription for handling all possible crises, but a framework around which to build an appropriate response. DOWNLOAD

Local Disaster Flowchart / Decision Tree (PDF)

Although each disaster has its own unique considerations, this flowchart/decision tree can help local parish leaders and disaster preparedness committee members understand their roles and key actions that must be taken. This is to be used in conjunction with the Diocesan Disaster Response Plan. DOWNLOAD

Regional Disaster Flowchart / Decision Tree (PDF)

Unlike local disasters, which are typically unanticipated, regional disasters often include forecast events, such as weather emergencies, that require advance communications. This guidance for regional disasters provides recommends partnership between the Disaster Preparedness Committee and Diocesan Council in assessing the resources and needs of multiple parishes in a regional event. DOWNLOAD

Episcopal Relief & Development: Church-level Disaster Planning

Episcopal Relief & Development provides a library of disaster preparedness planning resources including a Preparedness Planning Guide template designed to help congregations plan for a disaster, from taking inventory of physical and human assets to determining their niche in assisting vulnerable people in the larger community. Visit the Resource Library, and enter keywords “preparedness planning guide”.

Episcopal Asset Map

This site offers an opportunity to share the ways that the Holy Spirit is moving through our Episcopal communities– the ways that the Jesus Movement is active in our local communities through worship, ministry, and service. In addition to providing a church-managed inventory of the various gifts our congregations have to offer, the Episcopal Asset Map serves as a useful directory in times of crisis by connecting congregations with others equipped to assist in times of need. Visit the Episcopal Asset Map.

Church Safety

How do we maintain our welcome and stay safe? Church security is a concern that is being met with a selection of resources designed to assist congregations with their local planning efforts. Here are links to a few powerful resources that may be useful to you:

Diocesan Disaster Preparedness Team

Harry Kendrick | Diocesan Disaster Coordinator
Kendricknewf@comcast.net
Mobile: (802) 299-6102
Geographic Location: White River Junction

Canon Lynn Bates | Diocesan Disaster Coordinator
lbates@diovermont.org
Office: (802) 863-3431; Mobile: (802) 236-2502
Geographic Location: Burlington

Maurice Harris | Diocesan Communications Minister
mharris@dioceseofvermont.org
Mobile: (513) 704-8395
Geographic Location: Brattleboro

Lars Hunter | Chaplain
holyharleyvt@gmail.com
Mobile: (802) 579-9288
Geographic Location: Wilmington

John Hartman | Disaster Assessment
ljhartman7@gmail.com
Home: (802) 728-0076
Geographic Location: Bethel

Ann Cooper | Disaster Assessment
ancoop@yahoo.com
Home: (802) 388-6802
Geographic Location: Middlebury

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