Disaster Readinessserving 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:
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:
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.