Disaster Response Ministry, January 29, 2013

Tasks Outlined at January Meeting

The Disaster Response Ministry (DRM) held its first meeting following Spirit Café on Tuesday, January 29.  Pastor Blake Busick, the staff advisor, Norm Hardin, DRM Coordinator, and nine other people were in attendance while three members had previous commitments and one or two were ill and unable to attend.

Norm Hardin welcomed the participants and opened the meeting with a prayer.   He spoke for a few minutes about the ministry being one more wayforeachofustouseourstrengths,talentsandabilitiesto actoutGod’slove.  The purpose is to facilitate our church’s ability to be in ministry to persons in need as a result of a disaster.

The DRM Committee acts as an umbrella organization, a bridge between the autonomous smaller support groups, facilitating, coordinating, and empowering.  It will meet quarterly to hear about the work being done by the support groups and to coordinate overlapping areas of preparation.  Our work would, in turn, be reported to the Church Council.

Several support groups who have already been active presented reports of their efforts.  The individual support groups then gathered at separate tables to meet the other members of the group, look at the challenges presented, and then determine what they would like to accomplish in the coming year and set priorities.  In addition, they each picked a facilitator for their group and set their next meeting date and location.

It was a good, successful meeting that set the wheels in motion for many tasks which our church will engage in during the year and into the future.

During the opening prayer, Norm Hardin asked for help to find ways to plan and prepare for a time of disaster in order that we may help the people effected face the future without fear by bringing hope and the comfort of knowing that they are not alone.  Our church has started down that path.

Pastor Blake and Coordinator Norm thank all who participated and hope that others who share the call to this ministry will join in.

Children in Crisis Support Group

 

Members Present: Diane Wikse, Rusty Jump, Norm Hardin

Challenge:Can you build upon the practices of our Child Care Center to expand them to our Sunday School, including :

· Emergency actions and evacuation techniques for volunteer teachers

· How to screen children during pandemics to prevent spreading illnesses, and to help mothers learn to detect  signs of sickness in early stages.

Hope to accomplish:

· Design & educate parents & children in emergency procedures

· Ensure the facilities are as secure as possible

· Maintain appropriate emergency supplies

· Hold an Emergency Preparedness Month for children & families of both the Child Care Center and Sunday School

NEXT MEETING: Monday, March 11, 3:30 PM, Susanna Wesley House

Community InteractionSupport Group

Members Present: Diane Jackson, Dennis Higgs, Paul Desideri, Jennifer Dornbush

The members of this support group will meet jointly with the Volunteers in Mission Support Group as the same people comprise both groups.

Challenge:Reaching beyond our immediate congregation, what can we do for, and how can we bring other elements of the wider community into our disaster response ministry?

Hope to accomplish:

Investigating resources here and throughout the county.

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, February 26, 7 PM at Montgomery

Communications Support Group

Members Present: Norm Hardin

Challenge:Increase congregational awareness of the role of the church and self-care in disasters.

Hope to accomplish:

· Increase web site content pertaining to Disaster Response Ministry

· Create appropriate visual aids for Disaster Preparedness presentations

· Increase congregation’s perception  of disaster preparedness.

Medical and Health Support Group

Members Present: Jo Bodle, John Bodle

Challenge:Develop a procedure for our church relating to preparation and response to a pandemic including:

· When to curtail mass meetings such as Sunday School, worship and group meetings.

· How to care for those at greatest risk, especially the elderly and/or home-bound, or in the event of children at risk, helping single, working mothers.

Hope to accomplish:To help in the public health aspects of hygiene, food, shelter and communications.

Priorities:Establish coordination with county health officials and their plans for disaster medical support.

NEXT MEETING: To be determined

Physical FacilitiesSupport Group

Members present: Paul O’Rear, Brian Gebhart, Norm Hardin, Dennis Higgs, Rusty Jump

Challenge:How can we make our physical facilities safer and more disaster resistant so that we can use it to be of greater service to the community following a disaster?

What can be done to protect out stained glass windows from destruction by earth movement?

Hope to accomplish:

· Refine priorities,

· Develop details, assignments, materials list,

· Establish funding,

· Match tasks with volunteers,

· Training

Priorities:

· Prepare properties for disaster

· Preserve what is left

à Backup power

à Turn off utilities

à Secure buildings

à Establish communications

à Alert volunteers

· Establish a disaster supply repository

· Maintain a meeting place for survivors, volunteers

· Develop a coordination center for incoming relief teams

NEXT MEETING: To be determined

Volunteers in Mission Recovery TeamsSupport Group

Members Present: Diane Jackson, Dennis Higgs, Paul Desideri,                 Jennifer Dornbush

The members of this support group will meet jointly with the Volunteers in Mission Support Group as the same people comprise both groups.

Challenge:  

· Together with the Spiritual/Emotional Care Support Group,  co-host an UMCOR seven-hour Basic Care Team Training at our church to include VIM Disaster Recovery Team members and others interested in emotional/spiritual care.

· What basic constructions classes would improve the skills of the team members? 

· What can be done to entice other people to join our group?

Hope to accomplish: ●Field two  disaster recovery teams this year: one to Henryville, Indiana and the other to a yet unspecified location on the eastern seaboard.

●To coordinate one or more local construction projects that could be done on a weekend and involve a larger segment of the congregation.

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, February 26, 7 PM at Montgomery

Spiritual & Emotional Care Support Group

Member Present: Blake Busick

Challenge:

· Develop the means to create and train several two-person teams  composed of one Stephens Minister (active or inactive) and one (lesser) trained lay person to act as Spiritual/Emotional Care teams?

· Host an UMCOR seven-hour Basic Care Team Training at our church to include VIM Disaster Recovery Team members and others interested in emotional/spiritual care?

Hope to accomplish:

•Establish the support group   •Organize return of caregivers  

•Equip staff with skills of self-care    •Recognize key people     •Form teams

NEXT MEETING: To be determined

 

Our next meeting of the full DRM Committee is scheduled for 7:15 Tuesday evening, April 30, after Spirit Cafe in Fellowship Hall.  PLEASE ATTEND! Feel free to bring any others who are interested in supporting the cause. We will hear from the various support groups about their efforts and progress.

 

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