Is Your Family or Church Prepared for Hurricane Season?
While hurricane season has already begun, the most active month September is still before us. With severe weather events occurring with higher frequency, it’s more important than ever to be prepared. We’ve gathered some resources to help believers and churches prepare to help others.
If you’re not convinced of the need to prepare or you’re not sure where to start, these words from Pastor Dennis Kilama are a great place to begin. Nonprofit organizations may have the best intentions to help, but to help most effectively and minimize harm, it’s critical to prepare and practice before a disaster takes place.
Philip G. Monroe, Psy.D., the Director of the Trauma Healing Institute at American Bible Society (ABS), discusses the guide Beyond Disaster: A Survivor’s Guide for Spiritual First Aid. The resource was created by ABS following a devastating hurricane to serve trauma survivors.
The Spiritual First Aid Manual, developed by the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, is a free resource composed of biblical wisdom and expert advice to help survivors in the immediate aftermath of a crisis.
Administering psychological first aid in the immediate aftermath of a disaster can mitigate the long term effects on a person’s psychological health. This reference sheet is great for helping you think through the best things to say and do when interacting with someone who has just been through a traumatic event.
When we’re caring for others, oftentimes we neglect to care for ourselves. An important aspect of self care is soul care. Remember who you are as a child of God so you can get back to serving the most vulnerable.
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