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Strengthen Resilience & Preparedness

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Climate disasters are increasing in number and severity each year. Congregations who have prepared for disasters are more resilient and able to support the wider community.


You can use the tools and resources below to strengthen disaster preparedness efforts and better ready your house of worship to act as a sanctuary space.

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Getting Started

Communities in different geographic regions experience different climate impacts and disasters. Below is a sample plan of simple actions to get you started on preparing your house of worship. See a full list of actions to strengthen resilience and preparedness below.

  1. Create a Disaster Preparedness Plan for your congregation. In collaboration with the congregation’s leadership, organize a team to lead the work to create the plan. 

  2. Make a list of preparedness actions to take that should include: reviewing  the congregation’s insurance plan, gathering emergency supplies, knowing how to turn off utilities, having a congregational contact plan, having copies of documents offsite, emergency contacts lists, and more. 

  3. Compile the Disaster Plan and important documents in a clearly marked and visible binder for easy access. 

  4. Educate the congregation on the plan and important information and encourage other faith leaders to learn from and model your process.    

  5. Connect with local leaders so that your congregation is part of the city’s disaster plan. 
    Invite other congregations to join One Home One Future for resources and support.

Ways to Engage

Below are checklists and information on disaster preparedness; guides for turning houses of worship into sanctuaries; research, education, and connection opportunities on spiritual resilience; and resources specific to youth engagement.

You can browse all of the One Home One Future tools and opportunities, and find upcoming events, in the Resource Hub.

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