Massey, K. (2006). Light our way: A guide for spiritual care in times of disaster for disaster response volunteers, first responders and disaster planners. National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Retrieved from
This guide provides best-practice information for disaster response volunteers, first responders, and disaster planners on the basic concepts of spiritual care.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network. (n.d.). “Children & disaster.” Retrieved from
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/24_NDIN_TS_Children.pdf [PDF - 147.04 KB]
This tip sheet discusses common reactions of children and youth to traumatic events, the importance of family in the recovery effort, recommendations for meeting the emotional needs of children and youth, and information on how to use support networks.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network. (n.d.). “Disaster tips sheets for faith community partners.” Retrieved from
This series offers religious literacy and competency guidelines for providers in mass care settings in the United States to assist staff and volunteers in meeting the needs of people from various religious traditions during disaster response or recovery operations. These guidelines can be applied in work with disaster survivors in a variety of settings.
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_partners/NDIN_TSP_Buddhists_CompetentMassCare.pdf [PDF - 210 KB]
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_partners/NDIN_TSP_Hindus_CompetentMassCare.pdf [PDF - 213 KB]
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_partners/NDIN_TSP_Jews_CompetentMassCare.pdf [PDF - 218 KB]
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_partners/NDIN_TSP_Muslim_CompetentMassCare.pdf [PDF - 254 KB]
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_partners/NDIN_TSP_Sikhs_CompetentMassCare.pdf [PDF - 237 KB]
National Disaster Interfaiths Network. (n.d.). “Faith communities & disaster mental health.” Retrieved from
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/11_NDIN_TS_DisasterMentalHealth.pdf [PDF - 172.62 KB]
This tip sheet provides information for religious leaders about common stress reactions people may experience in response to a disaster and suggests ways they can cope, and help others cope, with disaster stress reactions. The sheet also provides information on referring people for mental health services.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network. (n.d.). “Faith communities & the disaster distress helpline.” Retrieved from
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/12_NDIN_TS_DisasterDistressHelpline.pdf [PDF - 200.13 KB]
This tip sheet provides religious leaders with information on SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline, which offers 24-hour, year-round crisis counseling for individuals and families experiencing emotional distress because of all-hazards disasters. The information explains who answers the Disaster Distress Helpline, what happens when someone calls or texts the helpline, and what services are available. The tip sheet also notes when the helpline should be used as a referral.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network. (n.d.). “Faith communities & trauma resilience.” Retrieved from
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/13_NDIN_TS_TraumaResilience.pdf [PDF - 156.35 KB]
This tip sheet provides tools for religious leaders to use to help individuals and groups heal after a disaster by promoting and supporting resilience. The sheet also explains what can be done before, during, and after a disaster incident.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network. (n.d.). “Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) needs & disaster.” Retrieved from
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/25_NDIN_TS_LGBTNeeds.pdf [PDF - 138.86 KB]
This tip sheet discusses the important role of religious leaders in helping to ensure that LGBT disaster survivors have access to assistance and services in culturally appropriate ways during all the phases of a disaster, and especially during relief and recovery.
New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS). (2007). NYDIS manual for NYC religious leaders: Spiritual care and mental health for disaster response and recovery. Retrieved from
http://www.nydis.org/nydis/downloads/manual/NYDIS_Disaster_SC-MH_Manual.pdf [PDF - 2.47 MB]
This NYDIS manual is written by religious leaders for religious leaders. It discusses the importance of disaster planning and preparedness, the faith community as an immediate and long-term caregiver, self-care, cultural competence, ways to mitigate the effects of disaster, the role of religious leaders in trauma response, mental health response to a disaster, and disaster response chaplains.
Turner, B. (n.d.). Lutheran Disaster Response and other faith based and VOAD partnerships. Retrieved from
This presentation discusses the role of Lutheran Disaster Response in disaster recovery in North Dakota and the importance of forming partnerships with other faith-based organizations and volunteer agencies for disaster recovery.
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Episcopal Relief and Development. (2011). “The Sunday after a disaster.” Retrieved from
http://www.episcopalrelief.org/uploads/EducationFileModel/56/file/Sunday-After-Disaster.pdf [766.47 KB]
This tip sheet offers advice on how to effectively provide community and congregational support after a disaster.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network. (n.d.). “Active shooter in a house of worship.” Retrieved from
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/07_NDIN_TS_ActiveShooter.pdf [PDF - 153.08 KB]
This tip sheet provides information on mitigation, preparedness, and protection of congregants for religious leaders during an active shooter crisis.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network. (n.d.). “Vulnerable populations & disaster.” Retrieved from
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/26_NDIN_TS_VulnerablePopulations.pdf [PDF - 145.19 KB]
This tip sheet discusses the need for religious leaders to accommodate the needs of vulnerable populations during the disaster preparedness and response effort. The sheet identifies the types of vulnerable populations and illustrates preparedness and response best practices to assist individuals within these populations.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. (2007). Chaplain training manual. Retrieved from
This training manual explains disaster ministry and the role of a spiritual leader in a crisis or disaster.
University of Rochester. (2007). “Psychological first aid—Spiritual leader and practitioners.” Retrieved from
https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/disaster_resources/pfa/Spiritual.pdf [PDF - 1.02 MB]
This tip sheet discusses the importance and benefits of psychological first aid in faith-based communities and how to reach out to those who need help and provide them with comfort and care. The sheet discusses how to recognize basic needs, support problem-solving, validate survivors’ feelings and thoughts, help survivors connect with support systems, educate survivors about stress responses, and reinforce strengths and positive coping strategies.
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Episcopal Relief & Development. (2012). “Tips & lessons—Clergy self-care.” Retrieved from
http://www.er-d.org/userfiles/Post-LESSONS-ClergySelfCare.pdf [PDF – 574.42 KB]
This fact sheet discusses the importance of self-care for the religious leader as he or she provides support for others after a disaster event.
General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. (2011). “Stress and clergy health.” Retrieved from
This webpage helps clergy identify stressors and implement effective solutions to overcome tension, so they can improve their own lives and make themselves more effective leaders for their congregations.
Methodist Counseling and Consultation Service. (2007). Clergy self-care. Kardiagram Journal of Methodist Counseling and Consultation Services, 1,(2). Retrieved from
http://www.mccsvs.org/MCCS/Journal_files/2007spring.pdf [PDF - 2.69 MB]
This quarterly journal issue has articles about the importance of religious leaders’ taking care of their own emotional needs while caring for others.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network. (n.d.). “Disaster spiritual care.” Retrieved from
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/10_NDIN_TS_DisasterSpiritualCare.pdf [PDF - 142.60 KB]
This tip sheet provides self-care information for religious leaders to help guide them, their congregants, and local communities during disaster relief efforts. The sheet identifies principles for providing disaster spiritual care, spiritual stress reactions to disaster, spiritual care best practices, and recommendations on referrals to mental health services.
NYDIS. (2007). “Disaster tip sheets for NYC religious leaders: Self-care for religious leaders.” Retrieved from
http://www.nydis.org/nydis/downloads/tips/Tips_SelfCare.pdf [PDF - 127.98 KB]
This tip sheet discusses the importance of self-care for religious leaders before, during, and after a disaster event. It explains that learning the tools and practice of self-care before a disaster occurs can help one’s overall well-being and health on a daily basis.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. (2008). Spiritual care in disaster handbook. Retrieved from
http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/upload/Health/Images/Clergy_Sel_Care_During_Disaster.doc [MS Word - 151 KB]
This document discusses the importance of self-care for religious leaders after a disaster and describes how to manage community assistance while still taking care of one’s own needs.
Recovery from Abuse. (n.d.). “Vicarious trauma & self-care.” Retrieved from
This webpage offers information on vicarious trauma from a spiritual leader’s perspective. It also describes warning signs of vicarious trauma and self-care options.
Rugani, K. (2012). “Self-care is not self-ish.” Faith & Leadership. Retrieved from
This article discusses the importance of self-care and how it provides the foundation people need to be effective figures within their communities.
Sumii, G. (n.d.). Clergy self-care. Retrieved from
http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/48/Clergy_Self_Care.pdf [PDF - 105.49 KB]
This guide offers self-assessments for religious leaders to use to evaluate their current emotional and spiritual health.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2006). “Faith-based and community organizations pandemic influenza preparedness checklist.” Retrieved from
http://www.flu.gov/planning-preparedness/community/faithbaseedcommunitychecklist.pdf [PDF - 68.91 KB]
This checklist offers guidance for religious organizations to develop and improve plans for pandemic influenza preparedness and response.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. (2009). H1N1 flu: A guide for community and faith-based organizations. Retrieved from
http://www.flu.gov/planning-preparedness/community/cfboguidance.pdf [PDF - 7.23 MB]
This guide provides information about H1N1 and specific action steps spiritual leaders can take to help keep their community healthy.
Episcopal Relief & Development. (2011). Preparedness planning guide for congregations and parishes. Retrieved from
http://www.er-d.org/userfiles/ParishPrepPlanV1Feb24.doc [MS Word - 3.14 MB]
This guide explains how leaders of Episcopal parishes and congregations can prepare for hazards that might affect their communities, mitigate the effects of disasters, and help those who are vulnerable make a full and sustained recovery.
Farrag, H., Loskota, B., & Flory, R. (2012). Faithful action: Working with religious groups in disaster planning, response and recovery. Retrieved from
http://crcc.usc.edu/docs/FaithfulAction2012.pdf [PDF - 1.03 MB]
This report describes the need for increased involvement of the faith community in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The commentary discusses barriers that public agencies and faith groups face as they attempt to work together, as well as the benefits of such partnerships in addressing important social needs. The study also suggests ways that faith communities can partner strategically with emergency managers and public health emergency agencies to build and sustain disaster-resilient communities in California (where this report was developed).
Hurst, J. L, & George, J. P. (2009). “Preparing communities: The critical integration of faith-based organizations into emergency planning and response.”
Journal of Emergency Management, 7(3), 11–20. Retrieved from
http://www.mdchhs.com/sites/default/files/pdf_articles/JEM-7-3-01.pdf [86.51 KB]
This article discusses the necessity of integrating faith-based organizations into disaster planning and response into the broader community emergency management plans and makes recommendations for expanding efforts among faith-based organizations as well.
Illinois Corps of Fire Chaplains, Inc. (n.d.). Nazarene disaster response: Local church plan. Retrieved from
http://www.ilfirechaplains.org/files/local_church_disaster_plan.pdf [PDF - 162.58 KB]
This guide discusses the steps for a faith-based organization to take when planning to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of people in a time of crisis.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Medical Response System, & Bloomington Public Health. (n.d.). Ready, set, go! Faith community emergency preparedness toolkit. Retrieved from
This toolkit is a collection of resources that faith-based communities can use to prepare for an emergency and includes guidance for creating an all hazards plan.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network. (n.d.). “Disaster backlash: Bias crimes & mitigation.” Retrieved from
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/06_NDIN_TS_DisasterBacklash.pdf [PDF - 139.96 KB]
This tip sheet provides information for religious leaders on how to help promote tolerance of religious beliefs in communities after backlash due to a disaster.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network. (n.d.). “Disaster basics for faith communities.” Retrieved from
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/01_NDIN_TS_DisasterBasics.pdf [PDF - 194.41 KB]
This tip sheet provides basic disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery information for communities of faith.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network. (n.d.). “How to use your house of worship in a disaster.” Retrieved from
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/05_NDIN_TS_HowtoUseHouseWorship.pdf [PDF - 153.42 KB]
This tip sheet discusses how religious leaders can adapt their place of worship to be used as a shelter, service center, warehouse, or volunteer staging area during disaster response and recovery operations.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network. (n.d.). “National faith-based disaster service organizations.” Retrieved from
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/03_NDIN_TS_NationalOrganizations.pdf [PDF - 147.50 KB]
This tip sheet provides a list of faith-based response and long-term recovery organizations for religious leaders and other planning looking to integrate faith-based disaster services into their planning process.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network. (n.d.). “The disaster lifecycle: Where do religious leaders fit in?” Retrieved from
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/02_NDIN_TS_DisasterLifecycle.pdf [PDF - 192.01 KB]
This checklist is designed to guide religious leaders as they develop disaster plans, and describes the phases of the disaster lifecycle and identifies steps for mitigation as an example.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network. (n.d.). “The role of faith communities in disasters.” Retrieved from
http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/04_NDIN_TS_RoleofFaithCommunities.pdf [PDF - 145.78 KB]
This tip sheet discusses the integral role that faith communities have in disaster recovery. The sheet covers the unique disaster-related supports and services that religious leaders and communities of worship can offer, general tips to help determine and plan for other disaster roles, and suggested roles for communities of faith in disaster mitigation and preparedness.
Santibañez, S. (2007). “Faith-based organizations and pandemic preparedness.” Health Progress. Retrieved from
http://www.hhs.gov/partnerships/resources/preparedness.pdf [PDF - 400.30 KB]
This article explains the importance of faith-based and community-based organizations as essential partners both in preparing for an influenza pandemic and in protecting the public’s health and safety should one occur.
Shasta County Public Health. (2007). Disaster planning faith-based organizations. Retrieved from
http://www.co.shasta.ca.us/HHSA/healthandsafety/epu_faith.sflb.ashx [PDF - 1.05 MB]
This guide, which serves as a fill-in template, provides information for faith-based communities to help them prepare for disasters. The manual includes information about potential service disruption in disasters and the risk of disease outbreak; recommendations for designating an emergency coordinator team; defining a faith community’s disaster mission; facility safety measures and emergency supplies; and planning for evacuation, communications, recovery continuity, and preparedness and planning at the neighborhood and community levels.
Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief Committee. (2004). Church disaster preparation. Retrieved from
http://www.kalcounty.com/php/pandemic/worship/baptistchurchpresentation.ppt [PowerPoint - 210 KB]
This presentation discusses the role of the church in the community after a disaster, how churches can prepare for disasters, and how they can form partnerships with other recovery agencies before a disaster as part of the planning process.
White, P. (n.d.). “Six key issues in preparing your congregation for a pandemic flu outbreak.” Retrieved from
This webpage discusses six key issues that a faith-based organization needs to consider for its congregation when planning for a pandemic flu outbreak.
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