Engaging Faith-Based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers [open pdf - 2MB]
"This guide provides a foundation for emergency managers to engage with faith-based and community organizations that can be partners in building a culture of preparedness and enhancing the security and resiliency of our nation. Faith-based and community organizations offer a wide variety of human and material resources that can prove invaluable during and after an incident. Collaborating with these vital community members will allow emergency managers to access a multitude of local resources and ensure members of the whole community can contribute to the disaster resilience effort. [...] Emergency managers can view this guide as a starting point for expanding existing engagement practices with faith-based and community organizations as well as strategizing how to further implement whole community principles into emergency management activities. All disasters are local. Just as first responders from other areas defer to those in the impacted areas, faith and grassroots communities are encouraged to be involved in the response and recovery of their own communities."