Make a Plan * Build a Kit * Help Each Other

“The top three things that can save lives in a catastrophe are
1) make a plan, an emergency plan with meeting places and an out of area contact,
2) build a kit, prepare a supply kit for your family and pets that includes what you need to survive for at least 7 to 10 days.
3) help each other – by being prepared yourself. “[From makeitthrough.org]
 
DISASTER RESPONSE IS BASED ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS. As we have worked at both local and district levels, this is what we have realized. If we don’t prepare our family and our church, we won’t be ready to respond at a community level.   If all the WaPac and Northwest churches were prepared to be bases for responding to crisis, we would have quite an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives at times of emergency crises.
 


 
 
"On Wednesday, (Feb 22, 2017) the semi-annual "slow slip" event began, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) at the University of Washington. The event happens about every 14 months deep underneath the Puget Sound area and is essentially a slow earthquake that takes place over the course of two weeks."

"The probability of a Cascadia quake goes up during a slow-slip event, but just slightly more than during other times of the year, Steele said. Still, it's not a bad idea to check your emergency plan and make sure you're ready for a large earthquake."

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This following plan is the product of this on-the-ground research:

WAPAC PLAN FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS and DISASTER RESPONSE

Our Niche: To provide care stations for first responders offering comfort, conversation and communication NCA-NW will encourage churches to become ready to act in emergencies by:
• Meeting with the local police and fire departments to plan the role of the church so that the civic leaders will know the pastors by name
• Leading the church families to their own individual preparedness in their homes and vehicles
• Make available training opportunities for some through FEMA, CERT, Red Cross, the Y, etc.

The District will establish and build a WaPac Disaster Fund, gathered before ready disasters happen, administered by WaPac NMI.
WaPac NMI will
• Set up a district disaster committee that will be structured in parallel with Incident Command System, recognized by aid agencies, that will include the NCA-NW leader of Emergency Preparedness
• Add the district “incident commander to the council
• Organize and deploy teams for Work & Witness Projects in places in need on the district
• Continue to organize the storage of a portion of the Crisis Care Kits in select churches on the district as communicated at WaPac District Assembly: As part of the planning for the newly established Nazarene Compassionate Alliance Northwest, the WaPac NMI recognize the value of Crisis Care Kits (CCK’s). These are a simple but effective way of ministering to those in crisis locally as well as farther away. Four churches in our district (Mt. Vernon, Kent Hillside, Centralia and Ridgefield have agreed to store 42 crisis care kits each to be used onour district during times of emergencies. The NMI from each storing church will keep an inventory of the number of CCK’s they have and of the kits utilized. If someone in your community is facting a crisis, contact the storing church nearest you to pick up the CCK’s that you need. Our churches will continue to prepare CCK’s and bring them to Assembly or to the W&W conference in Portland in September.

MAKE A PLAN * BUILD A KIT * HELP EACH OTHER

On a national and international level Nazarene Disaster Response falls under the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries of the Church of the Nazarene. At these levels, the Church of the Nazarene is a leader in compassionate ministries and disaster response. Many of the best resources NCA_NW recommends to affiliates are those from the website of Nazarene Disaster Response. How many of our churches will be recognized as a “Disaster Ready Church”, as defined by and registered with Nazarene Disaster Response. within the next year? NCA-NW hopes to help equip MANY of them!
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