Comfort Center Guidelines

Comfort Centers are short-term, usually only day-use locations, where community members can go in the event of an emergency.  These Centers can serve as places to get information, as charging stations, as places to stay out of extreme heat or cold in the event of power outages, and places to get water and refreshment. Your […]

Protecting Houses of Worship

Unfortunately, protecting houses of worship is a relevant and important topic in today’s world, but it doesn’t have to be difficult or detract from your ministries. Look over these resources for valuable and practical information on keeping your church safe from a shooting or other attack. This document provides Federal Government Resources for Protecting Houses […]

Ways to Help Disaster Survivors

12 Ways You Can Help Disaster Survivors Recover Through UCC Disaster Ministries Organize a U.S. disaster recovery work team. Just a week of your time will help disaster survivors rebuild their homes and lives. http://www.ucc.org/disaster_disaster-volunteers Repair/rebuild a hurricane-damaged home or part of a home for a family in Texas or Florida. $7,000 rehabilitates a Harvey-flooded affordable […]

Extreme Heat safety resource

When summer is here, it is important to remember the dangers of extreme heat.  Heat can be deadly and community action really can save lives.  Extreme heat kills more people every year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods combined.  People who are young, or elderly, or ill are particularly vulnerable because their bodies are less able to […]

Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit

The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership, under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has released “The Opioid Epidemic Practice Toolkit: Helping Faith-based and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities.” This document provides a simple, but proven, list of actions that churches can take to make a difference in their […]

Leadership Project

First United Church of Christ in Royersford, using a New Ministries Grant from the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference, developed a training program to strengthen volunteer leaders in churches. The objective was to create a way for the volunteer leaders from churches and non-profit organizations in the local communities to practice the basic disciplines of team building […]

Natural Disaster and Severe Weather Survival Strategies

A recommended resource from the PSEC Disaster Recovery Ministries is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disasters page, which includes valuable information on nearly a dozen type of disasters, including extreme heat, winter weather, and floods. Visit that page for valuable information to help your church be prepared: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/index.html

Disaster Response Infographics

In 2015 FEMA released preparedness infographics to help spread information on being ready for a disaster. Topics include floods, pet preparedness, disaster kits, and more. Download those graphics by visiting this FEMA website.

After a Disaster

This is a recommended resource from the PSEC Disaster Recovery Ministries. The USA.gov website includes guides for what to do after a disaster. Information includes: Find Family After a Disaster, Find Shelter or Rental Housing After a Disaster, Gas Price Gouging, Help Victims of a Natural Disaster, and Return Home After a Natural Disaster. Visit: […]