Emergency Preparedness Ministry

The Emergency Preparedness Ministry provides guidance and information for St. Paul's Parish and for the greater Bellingham community to prepare for a natural disaster in our area. One of the primary functions is to compile and prepare a database of all St. Paul's parishioners. If you have not done so, please fill out this form and add yourself to our database:

Being prepared for a disaster is an important pastoral obligation. By preparing for a disaster, the congregation is demonstrating God’s love for its own members and for the surrounding community. The parish, as the basic body of believers in the Episcopal Church, is called to good stewardship of church property. … Moreover, each parishioner is called to be the keeper of his or her brother and sister, and in particular to care for the “least of these.” (from “A resource manual developed by Province IV of the Episcopal Church” Published Lent 2009)

Prepare yourself, your kit, your plan, your info...

Prepare Yourself

Signup for First Aid and Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) classes by clicking on these links:

Red Cross  

CERT

Prepare Your kit

 A low-stress, month-by-month checklist to help you be prepared. Provided by the Washington State Emergency Management Division (WA-EMD). This is taken from the series “Prepare in a Year”.

 

This is taken from the series “Prepare in a Year” and includes the entire document. Remember, one hour of disaster preparedness activity each month helps you be ready for disasters – whenever they occur.

Prepare Your plan  

Your kit is only as good as the Family Disaster Plan you have to go with it. For ideas and tips to get started on your family plan check out this publication by Washington State Emergency

Prepare Your Information 

Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster. 

Prepare your Family

How a child copes with disaster or emergencies is often tied to the way parents cope, because a child can detect an adult’s emotional state.

 

  • Ensure children are included in preparedness conversations
  • Learn the building blocks of preparedness − Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved.
  • Know the emergency plan for your child’s school and child care facility
  • Practice evacuation plans and other emergency procedures with children on a regular basis
  • Learn different ways to help children cope during and after an emergency
  • Make sure children have emergency contacts memorized or written down in a secure place
  • Teach kids when and how to call important phone numbers like 911
  • Help your children understand the importance of preparedness using these online games: https://www.ready.gov/kids/games

Prepare your Vehicle

During a disaster, you may be away from home or forced to leave your home. Keeping your vehicle in good working order, keeping an emergency supply kit in you vehicle and knowing how to drive in difficult conditions can help you through any emergency.

Prepare your Phone

The Winter Survival Kit smartphone app developed by NDSU helps individuals stranded during a winter storm find their current location, dial 911, notify friends and family of their situation/location, and calculate how long they can run their engine to keep warm while staying safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.  It is available for free for both Android and iPhone smart phone users. Click these links to gain access.

FEMA cell phone app

Red Cross First Aid phone app

Prepare your Neighborhood

The Map Your Neighborhood program guides you and your neighbors through simple steps to help enhance your preparedness for an emergency. These steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives. It is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level and teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police or utility responders arrive. Here is a link:

Map your Neighborhood program

General Preparedness Tools

A Season of Resilience consists of 5 weekly sheets to guide you through preparing your home and family for coping with a disaster.

 

Do 1 Thing each month to prepare for all hazards and become disaster resilient. The plan breaks preparedness down into 12 manageable steps. With Do 1 Thing you take small steps that make a big difference.

 

This is a comprehensive manual published in 2009 by Province IV of the Episcopal Church. It includes background information and forms for tasks (for individuals all the way up to Diocesan office staff). Click on these links:

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) resource library

FEMA website  (source of the pamphlets in our kiosk)