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Faith based warming cooling centers what is the benefit why should it be coordinated with em

Faith Based Warming & Cooling CentersWhat is the benefit?Why should it be coordinated with EM?

Springfield

Office of Emergency Preparedness

March 2014

Springfield Emergency Preparedness 2014


Relationships

Relationships

Established relationships

Trust

Reliability

Low turnover

Springfield Emergency Preparedness 2014


Strengths

Strengths

Location in the disaster affected community

Immediate access to buildings, which can be used as emergency space.

Members whom they can call upon to serve as volunteers.

Familiarity with local geography, demographics.

Takes pressure off of City shelters & hospitals

Springfield Emergency Preparedness 2014


Strengths1

Strengths

Established relationships with community leaders.

Ability to help identify and contact populations with special needs, including the elderly and disabled.

Reflection of the cultural diversity of their communities

Springfield Emergency Preparedness 2014


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Strengths

Connections to other faith based groups in the community through pre-existing alliances, such as inter faith groups or ministerial associations.

Role as a trusted, traditional source of refuge for those in need or in trouble.

Springfield Emergency Preparedness 2014


Benefits

Benefits

Educate members of the congregation and the community about the dangers of likely disaster events and how to prepare for them.

Look after members of their congregations, particularly those with special needs, during the emergency.

Offer advocacy on behalf of those most in need.

Springfield Emergency Preparedness 2014


Responsibilities

Responsibilities

Work in partnership with governmental and other charitable relief organizations, cooperate and support disaster recovery operations.

Determine unmet needs of people who are especially vulnerable and marginalized by the disaster.

Provide pastoral or spiritual services.

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Responsibilities

  • Provide a larger vision of life that includes:

    • Emotional care

    • Spiritual care

    • Physical support.

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Bottom line

Bottom Line

Location, Location, Location

There is a strong spiritual foundation underlying the participation of faith-based organizations in emergency work.

Faith-based organizations seek to meet the material, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of disaster victims.

Faith-based organizations have distinct advantages in ministering to the needs of disaster victims and responsibilities in helping their congregation and community prepare for and recover from a disaster.

Springfield Emergency Preparedness 2014


Contact

Contact

Bob Hassett, MPH

Office of Emergency Preparedness

1212 Carew Street

Springfield, MA 01104

(413) 787-6720

[email protected]

Springfield Emergency Preparedness 2014


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