Disaster Tips Sheets for U.S. Religious Leaders

In May 2011, the National Disaster Interfaiths Network launched its Be A Ready Congregation campaign.  Key to this campaign are the NDIN "Disaster Tip Sheets for U.S. Religious Leaders." Each Tip Sheet offers religious leaders in the U.S. all-hazards best practices and resource links about disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery – specifically of relevance to religious leaders, faith communities and faith-based organizations.

A free resource, the Tip Sheets have been developed to assist American faith communities as they seek to provide mitigation education and preparedness training or when they respond to crises and activate their congregations to coordinate volunteers, manage donations, provide mass care, attend to spiritual and mental health needs, and continue  their many religious and social services post-disaster.

Because religious leaders are among the first and most trusted sources of risk-communication and leadership in the houses of worship, neighborhoods, and faith communities where  they serve, they have an important role when disasters strike. These Tip Sheets aim to educate and assist religious leaders and their congregations, as they prepare to serve and respond in effective, inclusive, and compassionate ways.

As part of the Be A Ready Congregation campaign, NDIN will regularly release new Tip Sheets and other best practices and resource tools.   Please monitor our website or register for iNET, our free monthly e-newsletter, to learn more about new releases. NDIN also offers a Tip Sheet Orientation as well as other trainings designed to orient religious leaders and their emergency management or disaster public health and mental health partners to faith-based disaster human services best practices. For more information, contact  us at info@n-din.org.

NDIN Tip Sheets can be downloaded below. All rights are reserved - If our material is quoted or duplicated in other resources, please acknowledge the source. To view a Tip Sheet, click on the link:

00 - Disaster Tip Sheets & Trainings for U.S. Religious Leaders Download (size: 334kb)
01 - Disaster Basics for Faith Communities Download (size: 195kb)
02 - The Disaster Lifecycle: Where Do Religious Leaders Fit In? Download (size: 193kb)
03 - National Faith-Based Disaster Service Organizations Download (size: 148kb)
04 - The Role of Faith Communities in Disasters Download (size: 146kb)
05 - How to Use Your House of Worship in a Disaster Download (size: 154kb)
06 - Disaster Backlash: Bias Crimes & Mitigation Download (size: 140kb)
07 - Active Shooter in a House of Worship Download (size: 154kb)
08 - Continuity Of Operations Planning Download (size: 142kb)
09 - Self-Care for Religious Leaders Download (size: 146kb)
10 - Disaster Spiritual Care Download (size: 143kb)
11 - Faith Communities & Disaster Mental Health Download (size: 173kb)
12 - Faith Communities & the Disaster Distress Helpline Download (size: 201kb)
13 - Faith Communities & Trauma Resilience Download (size: 157kb)
14 - Faith Communities & Risk Communication Download (size: 150kb)
15 - Faith Communities & Evacuation Planning Download (size: 155kb)
16 - Faith Communities & Disaster Sheltering Download (size: 176kb)
17 - Faith Communities & Long-Term Recovery Download (size: 164kb)
18 - Faith Communities & Debris or Mud Removal Download (size: 165kb)
19 - Faith Communities & Cold Weather Hazards Download (size: 152kb)
20 - Faith Communities & Hot Weather Hazards Download (size: 140kb)
21 - Faith Communities & Disaster Volunteerism Download (size: 146kb)
22 - Faith Communities & Donations Management Download (size: 152kb)
23 - Immigrant Eligibility for Disaster Assistance Download (size: 173kb)
24 - Children & Disaster Download (size: 148kb)
25 - LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) Needs & Disaster Download (size: 139kb)
26 - Vulnerable Populations & Disaster Download (size: 146kb)