Resources for Disaster Preparedness

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Definition of Preparedness
Nonprofits by Preparedness Function

Definition of Preparedness

Disaster preparedness encompasses a whole range of pre-event actions to assess and manage risk, reduce risk vulnerability, plan, organize, train, and exercise, and to develop resilience and sustainability capabilities.  Disaster preparedness functions and listings of nonprofits that perform them appear below.

Nonprofits by Preparedness Function   |  Nonprofit Descriptions

Section Contents: Outreach & Info, Planning, Training, Speciality Training

Outreach & Info  |  Top of Page

Outreach and information: Providing materials in advance of disaster events that contain information covering various aspects of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

  • Alliance of information and Referral Systems (AIRS)
  • All Hands Volunteers
  • American Red Cross
  • Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, U.S.A
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Hope worldwide
  • International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
  • Jewish Federations of North America
  • National Baptist Convention
  • Operation Blessing International
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
  • Salvation Army
  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
  • United Church of Christ Office of National Disaster Ministries
  • United Way Worldwide

Planning  |  Top of Page

  • Catholic Charities USA has an Institute for Disaster Excellence offering disaster plan development, preparedness training, and webinars.

  • Christian Reformed World Relief Committee Disaster Response Services does preparedness manual and planning for churches.
  • Save the Children, through its Resilient and Ready Communities Initiative helps to ensure that emergency plans and procedures at state and local levels include children’s needs. 
  • Feeding America works with food banks to participate in National Preparedness Week.

Training  |  Top of Page

  • ACS Disaster Response (ACS DR) provides individual, family, and church training.
  • ACTS World Relief offers training in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), Homeland Security courses in incident management, psychological first aid, and emotional and spiritual care.
  • American Red Cross has training for volunteers and communities, community and partner exercises and planning, capacity development materials, logistics, and human resources,
  • Catholic Charities USA has an Institute for Disaster Excellence with disaster plan development, preparedness training, and webinars.
  • Convoy of Hope and has Prepare It Forward (PIF) training that targets individuals, families, and communities to prepare for emergencies
  • Episcopal Relief & Development provides training support for churches and dioceses. 
  • Humane Society of the United States Emergency Services Animal Rescue Team through Humane Society University the HSUS provides training to individuals and communities in planning and response for animals in disaster
  • Mission to North America / Presbyterian Church of America offers disaster preparedness awareness and training through local churches and PCA-wide events.
  • Nazarene Disaster Response’s preparedness training with churches focuses on the needs of individual churches, and how to meet community’s needs.
  • NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster has training for cleanup operations. 
  • Noah’s Wish community training programs and outreach events prepare animals for disasters. 
  • Operation Blessing International runs a program for kids on disaster preparedness.
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance offers preparedness training with presbyteries for volunteers and communities 
  • Salvation Army’s National Disaster Training Program provides a full curriculum of courses for disaster workers.
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul trains its volunteers on how to educate their communities about how to prevent losses that with simple preparation activities
  • United Church of Christ Office of National Disaster Ministries provides training on preparedness and response to natural and technology-caused disasters, including training trainers on technology-caused disasters.
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) provides training to its volunteers in case management, spiritual and emotional care, and emergency response.

Specialty Training  |  Top of Page

A number of organizations provide training for volunteers in specialty areas in advance of disaster events.

Disaster Casework and Case Management:

  • American Red Cross 
  • Catholic Charities USA 
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul 
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Health, Mental Health & Spiritual Care:

  • ACS Disaster Response (ACS DR) 
  • ACTS World Relief
  • American Red Cross 
  • Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (Chaplain recruitment and training)
  • Church World Service Emergency Response Program 
  • Episcopal Relief & Development 
  • Hope worldwide 
  • International Critical Incident Stress Foundation 
  • Jewish Federations of North America 
  • Mission to North America / Presbyterian Church of America 
  • National Association of Jewish Chaplains 
  • National Organization for Victim Assistance  
  • Nazarene Disaster Response 
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 
  • Salvation Army 
  • Save the Children 
  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Resources for Preparedness  |  Top of Page

Preparedness includes pre-event actions to assess and manage risk; reduce risk vulnerability; plan, organize, train, and exercise; and develop resilience and sustainability capabilities.

Response  |  Recovery  |  Top of Page