Presentation on theme: "FAITH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INITIATIVE Prepared by Marg Pollon, Bridges of Love Ministry."— Presentation transcript:
FAITH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INITIATIVE Prepared by Marg Pollon, Bridges of Love Ministry
FAITH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INITIATIVE To facilitate the development of an integrated network of local churches to complement and enhance the performance with existing secular emergency management organizations. As communities collaborate with a sharing of resources and expertise, the impact of disasters on individuals could be significantly reduced.
ECCLESIASTES 4:12 "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
Faith Emergency Preparedness Initiative (FEPI) Advisory Council PUBLIC PRIVATE FAITH Unity of Purpose
PURPOSE The Alberta Faith Community has recognized a requirement for a coordinated approach to emergencies and disasters that could occur causing a significant impact in our province. An Influenza Pandemic specifically could have an over-whelming effect; adding increased pressure on the existing emergency/health systems making it difficult to maintain a sustained level of care.
AIM To strengthen the emergency preparedness and response relationship between Faith Community Members and their Local Governments and, as a result, initiate the development of an atmosphere of cooperation and trust between these constituencies. Ultimately greater understanding, shared responsibilities, increased collaboration accountability and activities, will lead to an integrated ACTION – orientated partnership.
MISSION TO BE PREPARED WITH A COORDINATED RESPONSE; INTEGRATED WITH THE MUNICIPAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, CONNECTING THE LOCAL CHURCH AS A VITAL PART OF TOTAL COMMUNITY CARE.
VALUE STATEMENT TO DISPLAY THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST HAVING THE HEART OF SERVANTHOOD AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR MANDATE AS WE CARE FOR THE NEEDS OF OTHERS IN OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH; COMPASSION, RESPECT, CONFIDENTIALITY, SENSITIVITY, RESPONSIBILITY, HONESTY, OPEN COMMUNICATION AND ABOVE ALL, LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER.
“The Government cannot do this without the Faith Communities help!” SUMMIT PRESENTER Dr. Raj Sherman Alberta Leader for the Liberal Party
STAKEHOLDERS Faith Communities Public Sector Partners Relative Municipal Emergency Management/Preparedness Organizations (MEMOs) Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) Alberta Health Services Alberta Health and Wellness, Ad hoc Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Stakeholder Calgary Police Private/Resources Alberta NGO Council NeighbourLink Calgary BGEA/SP Canada Alberta Funeral Services Association
FAITH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INITIATIVE ADVISORY COUNCIL NamePositionMinistry/Organization Chaplain Jim AmsingChaplainCalgary Police Dean BlueManager, Public Health Emergency PlanningAlberta Health and Wellness Troy CollettPastorEdmonton Centre Victory Church Mike CookEmergency Management Officer/OperationsCity of Edmonton Dr. Wayne ElfordPast Director, Professor Emeritus (Epidemiologist)Professor Emeritus, U of C Pastor Fred FriesenPastoral CareBonavista Evangelical Missionary Church Ken HofferBusiness Continuity & Recovery Planner, DSSCalgary Emergency Management Agency Tytus KociszewskiEmergency Preparedness and Response OfficerPublic Health Agency of Canada Dr. John LucasFellowship Coordinator, DirectorMaranatha Evangelistic Assoc. John MacDonaldDirector of Pastoral Care and Life InitiativesCatholic Archdiocese of Edmonton Jack MacDonaldFire ChiefCity of Red Deer Karen MannCoordinator, Emergency Management AgencyCity of Red Deer Chaplain Kevin McInnesChaplainCalgary Police Chris McKiernanDirector, Calgary & South/Central Emergency/Disaster PreparednessAlberta Health Services, Calgary Marg PollonExecutive Director - CoordinatorBridges of Love Ministry, FEPI Advisory Council Deanna SchroederExecutive AdministratorAlberta Funeral Service Association Major Stephen SearsPastorThe Salvation Army, Berkshire Community Church Randy TillerDistrict OfficerAlberta Emergency Management Agency Dr. Wayne WhitbourneCanadian DirectorACTION International Ministries Resource Partners Brent DavisDisaster Team Coordinator, Vice-ChairSamaritan's Purse Canada, Alberta NGO Council Walter TwiddyCEO/PresidentNeighbourLink Calgary
OBJECTIVES Raise awareness for the need to be prepared with a Christian response offering love, service and mitigation efforts as a visible and influential pillar of the local community. Establish a planning network to facilitate the bringing together of the Christian, Public and Private Sectors working with “Unity of Purpose.” Ensure the faith community is effectively integrated into a local emergency response structure. Create a meaningful dialogue to ensure the Christian community is addressing emergency preparedness proactively, responsibly and with meaningful action.
BENEFITS OF A UNIFIED APPROACH Integrated and coordinated link to the Emergency Management Agency. Centralized management of trained and coordinated volunteers. Prior mobilization of churches with identified and documented resources/services with committed “SWAT” Teams (Servants with Abilities and Training) ready for ACTION. Greater depth of expertise/experience.
BENEFITS OF A UNIFIED APPROACH (Cont’d) Communities working towards a common purpose having greater effectiveness and impact. Less duplication in communication, resources and an overall improvement in resource allocation. Increased accountability and sustainability. Building of relationships of trust and breaking down of barriers between the Public Sector, Churches, and Community alike.
A Coordinated Approach A Faith Coordination Centre working in concert with Calgary Emergency Management Agency. ONE CALL Plans & guidelines that are supported by all regional participants. Plans that link churches with their communities and with each other. Communication plans and links with all stakeholders. Expectations clearly articulated and documented. (Operational Protocol)
PLANNING PROCESS Coordination Centre identified (Bridges of Love Ministry) and will work in concert with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency. NeighbourLink with their church volunteers will care for the marginalized throughout the city. Four Quadrant Churches who will determine one key sub-division church in each community. Lead Sub-division Church will mobilize the local churches in each sub-division. Train and equip the Community Outreach Groups (SWAT Teams) in each quadrant church. Churches connecting with their communities to build relationships of trust with community through “Mobilization Crosswalk”.
“PRIOR to an Emergency Churches can get to know the neighbours in their Community.” “PRIOR to an Emergency Churches can get to know the neighbours in their Community.” SUMMIT SPEAKER Dr. Rod Elford Medical Director, HealthLink Alberta BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS OF TRUST
“OPERATION CROSSWALK” “Operation Crosswalk” will proceed when 100 churches are committed to FEPI. Raising funds (Door Knocker, Card + Magnet) 50,000 - $4,148.00 + $396.37 100,000 - $6,400.00 + $773.89 250,000 – $13,525.00 + $1816.04 Coordinated date for delivery
FAITH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INITIATIVE OPERATION WALK CONNECTING WITH OUR COMMUNITY
Faith Emergency Preparedness Initiative Coordinator Liaison between the Calgary Emergency Management Agency and the Church Community Coordination Centre. Organize training, resources and offer support to the participants. Maintain an active and up-to-date data base of the various committees, and churches who are active participants of the Initiative. Enhance the Advisory Council’s public standing by clearly articulating the mission, accomplishments, and goals to other stakeholders to garner support from the various sectors. Keep municipal officials briefed & well-informed on how effectively the Coordination Centre is operating.
Roles & Responsibilities of the FEPI Advisory Council Maintain the Policy and Guidelines for the Faith Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council in support of the Faith Emergency Preparedness Initiative. Uphold the Initiative’s structure in collaboration with the various stakeholders/partners. Enhance the Coalition’s public standing by clearly articulating the mission, accomplishments, and goals to other stakeholders to garner support from the various sectors. Ensure effective organizational planning by actively participating in an overall planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring the stated purpose and goals.
ROLES/RESPONSIBILITIES COORDINATION CENTRE Operate as a Local Communications & Municipal Service Coordination Center to monitor essential services delivery throughout the Calgary area. These could include: shelter, food services, medical services, personal hygiene services, mental health and spiritual support, physical reconstruction, logistics management and services, transportation management and services, children’s services, and case management and related services. Link and coordinate with the Municipal Emergency Management Agency. Disseminate information to the Quadrant Churches. Manage and coordinate public information notices in concert with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency. Maintain liaison with external agencies: School districts, industries, funeral homes etc. Provide sustainability & accountability through communication/training with the quadrant/sub-division/local churches.
ROLES/RESPONSIBILITIES QUADRANT CHURCHES Maintain liaison with key churches in the designated subdivisions. Disseminate pertinent information to Sub-division Key Churches and act as a communication hub. Maintain database of churches who are part of the Initiative and catalogue the resources/manpower available to assist in specific areas. Act as training and resource centres for Church “SWAT” Teams.
ROLES/RESPONSIBILITIES KEY SUB-DIVISION CHURCH Maintain a data base of those churches in their community who are part of the initiative. Maintain a data base of the tasks/resources for which each church has offered their assistance. Maintain a data base of the contact names of each committee head. Receive calls / requests from community at large and plug them into their local church. Oversee “Mobilization Crosswalk”
ROLES/RESPONSIBILITIES LOCAL CHURCHES Committees to organize COG’s in each church. Data Base of volunteers (Swat Teams) who are trained in Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). Distribute the Emergency Door Knockers to their neighbours. (Mobilization Cross Walk) Work with “Unity of Purpose” with other churches/stakeholders in their community. Maintain the data base to keep the numbers/email addresses current at all times.
MEASURES OF SUCCESS Well-educated, informed, coordinated, community workforce serving together. Coordinated structure with CEMA/Alberta Health Services Spirit of teamwork and cooperation between sectors. Churches connecting with their municipal leaders, other churches, knowing their neighbours, and demonstrating care/love for their community. Congregation members passionate about serving others with God’s love.
“Minimizing the Impact on Society” Brad Andres, Municipal Affairs Are there pieces of this puzzle that we haven’t figured out?
A Common Vision – A Common Vision – PARTNERS IN THE PLAN GIVE STRENGTH FOR THE SOLUTION A Common Mission -- A Common Mission -- Once the relationship between faith community members and their local governments are strengthened, the sense of “us” vs. “them” will tend to fall away developing an atmosphere of cooperation and trust between the various sectors. Through greater understanding, the sharing of responsibilities, increased accountability and collaborative activities, “us” and “them” become integrated into “WE” resulting in safe and well cared for communities. Strength in PARTNERSHIPS
FURTHER INFORMATION Marg Pollon Director - Bridges of Love Ministry Administrator – FEPI Advisory Council 403.263.5683 (o) - 403.616.0536 (c) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org@bridgesoflove.net Web Site: www.bridgesoflove.netwww.bridgesoflove.net