Disaster Readiness

serving our community in times of emergencies

About Our Disaster Readiness Ministry

When our community is in crisis, the Church is needed more than ever to be the hands and feet of Christ.  At Living Way, we encourage all members to be trained in how to respond to a crisis or an emergency in their community.  Our preparation is not based on fear but is based on being prepared to care for and to protect our families, our friends, and our community.

Our Disaster Readiness Ministry is made up of three subgroups, Ministry, Logistics, and Security.  While each of these groups has a specific role to play in an emergency, each of theme will be crossed trained in all areas including first-aid and CPR.

If you are interested in the Disaster Readiness Ministry:

Please take the following introduction courses and submit the completed certifications to the church office:

Further Training:

The Disaster Readiness Team will be trained in:

  • Active Shooter Training (AST) with local Police/Sheriff’s Office
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) with local CERT Personnel and County EMA Director
  • Emergency Management (FEMA) with County EMA Director
  • Foursquare Disaster Relief Training (DRT)
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
  • Team training with Ready.gov information

A more detailed look of each of these can be found in the tabs below.

 Active Shooter Training for Churches

Peter Henderson was a student at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in 1999 when an active shooter incident resulted in the death of 15 people.

Today, serving as senior pastor of Living Way Fellowship (Littleton Foursquare Church), he takes this modern-day threat seriously.

This new training video from The Foursquare Church is designed to help pastors and church leaders minimize the risk of—and prepare for an appropriate response in—an active shooter situation.

Whether you think it can happen in your town or not, pastors are responsible for making the safety of their church members and communities paramount. During this 35-minute video, you will hear from Peter Henderson, along with Jason Reynolds, director of Foursquare Chaplains International, and other experts. The video has three main modules: Prevention; Active Response; and Follow-Up + Long-Term Care.

Most active shooter incidents are over in 10-15 minutes, but since 2006 there has been an average of one such incident resulting in the loss of four or more lives every 2.9 months. Your preparations today can help reduce that statistic and keep your community safe.

Use this promotional trailer to advertise your upcoming active shooter training event, or watch the full video, and find additional resources below.

For more resources to prepare your church, see the following:

The Foursquare Church Board Resolution On Fire-arms In Church:

The Foursquare Church Board Resolution On Fire-arms In Church: The board discussed the matter of whether churches should request individuals legally licensed to do so to carry firearms to church services and activities as a precautionary measure to prevent violence. The board discussed the various concerns related to unanticipated violence at a church function and the pros and cons of individuals being armed with fire arms. The board then adopted the following resolution. RESOLVED: That the Foursquare Church is concerned about the safety of all people attending any function of a Foursquare Church. The Foursquare Church directs that Foursquare pastors and churches should notify local law enforcement on any threat of violence at any of its functions or directed toward any of its church personnel, members or attendees. FURTHER RESOLVED: That The Foursquare Church acknowledges that some people in attendance at a church function may lawfully carry a concealed weapon, and that law enforcement officers may be required by their employers to carry concealed weapons even when not on duty. The Foursquare Church acknowledges that law enforcement officers are obligated to act to prevent the commission of an imminent crime. Except for the actions of law enforcement officers in the pursuit of their duties, The Foursquare Church does not request persons lawfully able to carry a concealed weapon to use such weapons on its behalf.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

FEMA Training for Community Emergency Response Teams:

IS-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams


IS-315: CERT Supplemental Training: The Incident Command System


IS-909: Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone


FEMA Independent Study Courses

The Emergency Management Institute’s (EMI) Curriculum Management Branch offers the Independent Study Program (ISP). This is a distance learning program which offers training, free of charge, to the nation’s emergency management network and the general public. It serves as both an alternative means to deliver valuable training to the professional and volunteer emergency management community, and an opportunity to improve public awareness and promote disaster preparedness nationally. The Independent Study Program currently offers approximately 200 training courses via our training website: http://training.fema.gov/IS/

General Safety and Emergency Planning

IS-106.17: Workplace Violence Awareness Training 2017


IS-394.A: Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster


IS-906: Workplace Security Awareness


IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do


Understanding Emergency Management

IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100


IS-100.SCA: Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools


IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction


IS-230.D: Fundamentals of Emergency Management


IS-235.C: Emergency Planning


IS-775: EOC Management and Operations


FEMA Training for Non-Profits / Non-Governmental Organizations

IS-288.A: The Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management


IS-360: Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship


IS-362.A: Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools


IS-366.A: Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters


IS-368: Including People With Disabilities & Others With Access & Functional Needs in Disaster Operations


IS-505: Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster


For Team Leaders:

IS-240.B: Leadership and Influence


IS-241.B: Decision Making and Problem Solving


IS-242.B: Effective Communication


IS-244.B: Developing and Managing Volunteers


Foursquare Disaster Relief Training

Foursquare Disaster Relief Training (DRT) involves 16 hours of FEMA-approved equipping for people who want to become responders to disasters. This training is required for Foursquare credentialed ministers who would like to become Foursquare chaplains.  The Foursquare Disaster Relief Website: https://www.foursquare.org/fdr/train

To be a certified responder with Foursquare Disaster Relief one must:

  • take the Foursquare Disaster Relief Training (DRT)
  • take the NIMS 100 course (linked below) and send in a certificate of completion
  • send in pastoral endorsement form (given in DRT)

Critical Incident Stress Management

After the initial DRT course, those who would like to continue on the path of being a Disaster Relief Point Person and/or Disaster Relief Chaplain are encouraged to also participate in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Training.  Typically the CISM class that is offered is the Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention class: https://www.icisf.org/sections/education-training/course-descriptions/

More information concerning CISM will be offered at a later time.