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Disaster Response & Preparedness



The Northern California & Nevada District’s Disaster Relief Task Force has a passion to train the church how to “give a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name” to help survivors of a crisis or ...

The Northern California & Nevada District’s Disaster Relief Task Force has a passion to train the church how to “give a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name” to help survivors of a crisis or disaster event to find a new normal in their lives that brings contentment.



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  • When Your Life or Neighborhood Looks Like This: Who do you call? Where do you go for help? Are you ready?
  •  Jesus says the end times will include earthquakes, famines and other calamities in Matthew 24:4-14; Mark 13:5-11 & Luke 21:5-19. Revelation describes the same kinds of events before the 2nd. Coming of Jesus. Religious People always want to blame the victims for sin in their lives. If sin entered the world with Adam and Eve, then is what we see taking place - the death of the earth and not “Gods judgment?”
  •  Many will come and say they are “the way” but don’t go with them – the cults are getting prepared and trained so that they can be on the “front lines.” All these things are “an opportunity for your testimony” – when we serve people well, they will ask you “so what do you believe?” “So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves;” – too many in the church come with an agenda in their head as to what they NEED to say instead of LISTENING to those who have suffered.
  •  60-70 Years ago society revolved around the church. Today – most see the church as “unessential.” Everyday in our communities people are in crisis – death of a family member, divorce, lost jobs, medical diagnosis that is not favorable. Church should be the safest place to come and be open and honest about the trials we face. Training to be better equipped is simple and can expand to meet the needs of a community. Many programs already exist that a church can use to meet the needs of the hurting.
  •  After 9-11, President Bush signed HSPD #5 authorizing the development of National Incident Management System or NIMS. NIMS opens the door to faith based organizations to serve as long as volunteers are trained to respond. VOAD – Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster is our open door to reach the hurting after a local event like the San Bruno Fire. Training with one organization is not “transferable” to another without an MOU. There are liability issues that each church must consider.
  •  Fires in Santa Cruz County in 2010 did not meet the criteria for SBA to get involved leaving many un-met needs. Groups, like Convoy of Hope need at least 200 families to be displaced in a concentrated area before they will respond. Earthquake in Japan and the ensuing Nuclear Reactor issues kept outside resources at bay for many, many days.
  •  Only state, under Governor Schwarzenegger to have a Cabinet member who oversees all volunteerism in the state. Many counties are not willing to share their volunteers with other counties because of fiduciary responsibility. As of September 2010, it was mandated by the Governor that every mobile home park in the state have a written disaster response plan submitted to the governor’s office Not every county in NorCal has an active VOAD but they are easy to launch.
  •  Developed a Disaster Relief Task Force. Task Force has presented Response Plans that the Presbytery have approved. We are members of Northern California VOAD at the State Level. Possible for us to have representation at each county VOAD and to participate at the local levels. Training Matrix for all Volunteers is in place.
  • 1906 Earthquake in the Bay Area Today• Today, 7.2 Million live in the bay area.• Death rate of ¾ of 1% today would be the equivalent of 50,000 dead.• Homeless rate of 56% with today’s population would leave 3.7 Million without a place to live.• Reports from 1906 show that Santa Rose had more damage than San Francisco.
  • Christ Centered Training Offered• Sunday Service Presentation.• 4 Hour Introduction to Crisis & Disaster Response.• 1 Day – Piece by Peace: Discovering God’s Plan for Dealing with Death, Trauma, Divorce and Other Losses in Our Lives.• 2 Day Training in Critical Incident Stress Management.• Church Planning and Preparation with Pastor Jim.
  • The Need Is Great
  • Christ is The Answer Will you Prepare? Will You Help?
  • Will You Go?
  • The Only Piece Missing is You