Parish Disaster Preparation
We continue to
add resources for parishes to use as they prepare their individual
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
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
Catholic Charities of
the New Ulm Diocese is the lead in working with Parishes as the make
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
Here are some examples of what is
available. Red Cross
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:
https://htdiocese.org/disaster-services . 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
Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux Pastoral Center
PO Box 505 | 2779 Highway 311
Schriever, LA 70395
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.
to be involved to the degree possible.