Planning Assumptions About Catastrophic Disasters

1. Utility services (gas, electricity, and water) may be unavailable for extended periods.  Keep drinking water on hand for your family.

2. Telephone service, including cell phones, may be interrupted.

3. Cable television service may be disrupted. Keep a battery operated radio to listen to emergency bulletins.

4. Police, fire, paramedics, and 911 response will be overrun the first 3 to 5 days after a major disaster. Do not expect their help initially.  Be prepared to perform light-duty rescue, fire suppression and first aid with your neighbors.

5. Hospitals, clinics and other medical service providers will be overwhelmed.  Maintain your own first aid kits and be prepared to perform first aid yourselves.

6. There will be serious problems with transportation.  Road closures will occur and when stores and other supplies run out, they will not be replaced for some time.

7. Many people will abandon their jobs to be with their families, further disrupting normal services.

8. People will largely be "on their own" in the initial days following a major disaster,

9. Members of the congregation may be limited to working only with the resources within their homes and their immediate neighborhoods.


With this in mind the First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa has organized this plan as a structure to facilitate the ability to be in ministry to persons in need as a result of a disaster.