Montana Synod Disaster Response
Disasters come in all sizes and varieties, from a house fire to a spring river flood affecting multiple counties, to a hostile vagrant at the church door. Are your parishioners, your church, your community prepared to face these challenges whether natural or human caused? One of the most difficult times to talk about disaster is when one is not occurring. It is also the most important time to have this conversation. Reacting to a disaster for which there has been no preparation, often times becomes a disaster itself.
The purpose of this web page is to provide tools to help you, church leadership, increase your church, your members, and your community's, resiliency to disaster. Can you be fully prepared? No. can you prevent the disaster from occurring? No, not in most cases. But you can mitigate the effects of disaster, and maybe save lives and property. You are encouraged to use these tools to be more able to face disaster when it occurs. Ask anyone, who has gone through a disaster, about their experience. More often than not, they will tell you they did not expect the disaster, and that they could have been more ready.
This page will change from time to time as new resources become available or are discovered. You are encouraged to contact me with suggestions as to how to improve this page. The goal is to make it a page which is used extensively for the protection of God's people.
Richard (Dick) Deschamps
Montana Synod of the ELCA
Liaison to Lutheran Disaster Response