Disaster Ready Church

Always ready. Always there.

Help Your Church Be Ready When Disaster Strikes.

The Disaster Ready Church initiative engages with Seventh-day Adventist Churches in preparing to support their communities in times of disaster.

Each church has its own unique location, experience, capacity, and existing local services which inform disaster planning. ADRA provides 2-day Disaster Ready Church (DRC) Workshops that are facilitated in-person and tailored to suit the needs of each congregation/region.

We all have a responsibility to help people in need. With ADRA’s support, you can harness your church’s capacity to prepare for and respond to disasters in your local community.

Keep a look out on this page for details about future DRC workshop opportunities.

If you have already participated in a DRC workshop and would like to access resources, you can view all resources here.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have a responsibility to help others in need. Serving our community in practical and effective ways is ADRA, Adventist Development and Relief in ACTION!

The frequency and intensity of disasters and adverse weather events is increasing.

Being part of meaningful conversations with others in your church community/region through a Disaster Ready Church (DRC) Workshop will allow you to be better prepared for future disaster situations.

A team with an effective plan is far more resilient than individuals working alone. 

The DRC initiative engages with Seventh-day Adventist church groups in preparing to courageously support their communities in times of disaster.

As part of this program, your ADRA Team will facilitate DRC Workshops at local churches. Participants are guided through meaningful conversations and given access to tools that will enable them to form a Church Emergency Management Plan with the ongoing guidance and support of ADRA.

A DRC Workshop is a 2-day training workshop run by your ADRA Team. Through a series of interactive training activities to engage participants in meaningful conversations and action planning attendees will gain access to useful tools and templates as well as broaden their awareness of the resources available to them in their local area.

Typically, the workshop runs over the times below, however there is flexibility in all aspects of the planning and ADRA facilitators will liaise with church leaders ahead of time to tailor to their needs.

  • Saturday afternoon: 2:30 pm – 8:30 pm (with a break for an evening meal)
  • Sunday morning: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (including a lunch meal at the end)

Anyone can attend. There are no prerequisites.

We encourage anyone holding a church leadership position, with experience in emergency management or a related field, or a genuine interest in this area to attend.  It is beneficial to invite as many as possible from the church to attend.

Not every church will have the capacity to provide an immediate community response. There may, however, be opportunity for your church members to volunteer in cooperation with another larger church in your region and/or be part of a regional church emergency management plan.

DRC Workshops that involve multiple churches in your region may be an opportunity to explore potential partnerships and consider activities that are within your capacity to contribute to.

Yes, we appreciate that Church life can be very busy. We have also observed that when disasters strike, many Adventist members are very keen to offer their support. Being prepared for how best to organize their efforts is always best. Unfortunately disasters don’t wait for us to get prepared.

DRC Workshops may spark interest in church members to participate more actively in existing ministries of the local church, and thereby enable better distribution of the load currently being carried by church leadership. DRC Workshops are a good opportunity to start building a team of volunteers that can support the pastor and church leadership team.

Part of the DRC Workshop is looking at the structure of a local Emergency Management Committee to take care of administrative tasks relating to disaster activities and relieve the Pastor of taking on these duties.

Another part of the DRC Workshop looks at functions required in a typical disaster response, and listing persons with skills (or potential to develop skills) relevant to these functions. The benefit of this is that an Emergency Response Team can be formed in the event of a disaster, allowing the Pastor to focus on pastoral care rather than administrative tasks.

The link below will take you to the Civil Defence website for information about preparing for natural disasters. Scroll down to find information for your state or territory through links to relevant authorities.

You can take time to review the Civil Defence Website.

Your local council will also have helpful information. You could visit their website, give them a call, or visit their office to ask someone.

Being prepared as an individual and making action plans ahead of time for you and your family is very important! Consider talking to your neighbours and friends about it. Sharing the preparation journey with others is a good way to keep you accountable.

The focus of Disaster Ready Church Workshops is on preparing as a group to meet the needs of your community.