Engaging Faith Communities In Disasters:
Increasing Religious Literacy & Competency Curriculum
Engaging Faith Communities In Disasters Curriculum Courses

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raining: New York City (Manhattan), NY • March 13   (Register Now)

This one-day course provides instruction in why and how to engage faith communities during disasters and public health emergencies. The modules demonstrate how diverse religious and cultural practice increases caregiver and partner capabilities and builds whole community resilience.

The course includes training materials and PDF files of tools (tip sheets & a field guide set) and foundational skills to competently care for or engage religious leaders and congregations in the field.

  • CERT and MRC Teams
  • Disaster Responders and Volunteers
  • Faith-based Liaisons
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Faith Communities' Partners
  • First Responders and Law Enforcement
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Religious Leaders
  • State and Local Emergency Managers
  • VOAD Members
  1. Faith Communities as a Cornerstone of Whole Communities
  2. The Value, Landscape, and Language of Faith Communities in Disasters
  3. Ten Field Skills for Successful Engagement
  4. Engaging Faith Communities through the LEADER Process
  5. Tools & Resources for Engaging Faith Communities throughout the Disaster
  6. Building a Databank of Local Faith Communities
  • Frame the importance of engaging faith communities in disasters, and how diverse religious and cultural practice is protected by law and builds whole community resilience. 
  • Define the value and assets of faith communities and congregations in disaster operations. 
  • Understand the key aspects and structures of the diverse U.S. religious landscape.
  • Build broader religious literacy and competency. 
  • Implement each step in the six step "LEADER" process for successfully engaging faith communities. 
  • Practice new field skills, including Dos and Don’ts around clothing, etiquette, food, footwear, greetings, head coverings, meetings, and physical interaction.
  • Successfully engage faith communities, religious leaders, and congregations
  • 5 NDIN-USC CRCC & ARC Religious Competency in Mass Care Tip Sheets
  • 26 NDIN Tip Sheets for U.S. Religious Leaders
  • NDIN Engaging Faith Communities in Disaster - Field Guide
  • NDIN Religious Literacy Primer
  • 12 FEMA Tip Sheets-Engagement Guidelines
  • 3 FEMA Tip Sheets-Engagement Tools
A portion of the material within this course was developed for the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) through a collaborative training partnership between FEMA's Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, DHS Science & Technology Resilient Systems Division, DHS’ National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California (USC), the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CCRC), and the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN).