The American Red Cross defines a disaster as: "An emergency that causes injury or loss of life and property damage, and a disruption in which survivors cannot manage without spiritual, monetary, or physical assistance."

Disaster preparedness and response must be a vital part of our church mission. We are called to love one another. One of the ways we can show the love and act as the hands, feet and face of Jesus is through the efforts we make in the community and around the world.

The church is not just four walls and a roof. Some people may never attend church normally but, in a disaster or time of loss, they immediately turn to the church for help. In a disaster situation the church is not only a spiritual center, but can also a resource hub of the community.