Parish Disaster Preparation

Revised 10/30/2019

We continue to add resources for parishes to use as they prepare their individual parish plans.

October 14, 2019

Plans have been underway for the past year to establish a Disaster Plan for the parish. 

The parish, in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Charities and other disaster organizations such as The Meeker County Emergency Management Division will be preparing plans to assist our area in the event of any kind of emergency.

The Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety has numerous resources available on line.

The "Ready" website is a collaboration of governmental agencies that offers many resources on disaster preparation

Catholic Charities of the New Ulm Diocese is the lead in working with Parishes as the make their plans.  Parish Emergency Preparedness Guidelines have been published and will be updated as necessary.  These guidelines explain what you may expect in the event of a disaster in our community.

Catholic Charities USA is the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church.
Our disaster response team – along with the knowledge and expertise of our member agencies – mobilizes quickly and effectively to aid those experiencing or recovering from disasters.

* Catholic Charities has/is producing a series of training videos as  a method of introducing individuals to Disaster Preparations.

The Knights of Columbus recognizes that communities can be brought to a halt when disaster occurs — from large natural disasters to local crises. as community leaders, Knights of Columbus will ensure that their members, families and parish communities are prepared through a campaign that promotes planning and education. This program motivates councils to take a holistic approach to emergency situations by promoting readiness in times of crisis, assessing response capabilities, and learning how to properly respond well ahead of a disaster. Councils will engage their parish and community in disaster preparedness exercises by organizing trainings, fundraisers and various awareness activities  Get all the information here.

Each parishioner will have a part to play in some manner.  You role will be important to the success.  No one knows when a disaster will strike.  Preparation is the best protection.  We will attempt to keep you up to date in all happenings.

Here are some examples of what is available.  Red Cross Checklists, KofC Resources

Disaster Preparation Planning Materials

* The Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Schriever, LA has developed a manual that other dioceses or parishes may use as guide in preparing a manual for “disaster” preparedness.

You can find all the information here: .  Please feel free to look around and see what information is available to assist you in your disaster planning process.

The entire manual, in .pdf format can be saved from this link:

A sample beginning checklist similar to others that are available can be found here;

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux Pastoral Center
PO Box 505 | 2779 Highway 311
Schriever, LA 70395

One thing you will notice is that the various resources from the various organizations are duplicates, but we encourage you to check them out and use the ones that are most appealing to you.  We encourage everyone to be involved to the degree possible.

St John's Catholic Church
106 North 4th Street,

Darwin, MN 55324