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Being a Good Neighbor: Disaster Relief 101

Updated: Oct 22, 2023

Disasters can tremendously impact the lives of those affected, and it’s only natural to step in and lend a helping hand– especially to those in our local communities. Historically, congregations have significantly aided and supported their neighbors during challenging times, often setting an example for others. While an instinct may be to jump in and help, it is critical to assess community needs, identify available resources, and develop a comprehensive relief plan to maximize the impact of all contributions.

When a disaster occurs, there are three important things to remember: - Survivors’ needs come first - Reach out to the community at large - Stay aware

Key tips: - Pre-plan and know your church roster’s demographics. - Don’t make assumptions about what people have and what they need.


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