Situations and Types of Hazards

Our disaster plan needs to cover all hazards to address the wide range of human-caused and natural disasters, including incidents related to public violence, terrorism, chemical explosions, transportation accidents, hazardous waste spills, fires, winter storms, floods, earthquakes, and severe thunderstorms. Initially, it may seem that such a wide range of potential disasters makes prior planning an impossible task. However, most disasters have similar preparatory and post hazard responses. Identifying our actions and completing the plan will considerably improve our congregation's response to any disaster. Positive preplanning can help save our church assets. However, in the execution of the plan, we must remember that the people of our congregations and the residents of the community are far more important than facilities. Our plan will cover both church assets and the safety of the people of the church.