Connecting Neighbors: Preparing for Natural Disasters and Human-Caused Threats
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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Christ UMC
271 Rocky Hill Road
Northampton, MA 01062

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Sponsored by the CT/WMA District and the UMW, this disaster-readiness training from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is designed to equip church leaders and others to help their church prepare for and assist in a natural disaster or a human-caused tragedy in your own community.  Among the topics will be lessons learned by the Newtown UMC in the wake of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Chaos and fear can never be eliminated when faced with an overwhelming disaster,  an active shooter or other disruptive events, but knowing your options, having an emergency action plan and preparing, in advance, for a disaster CAN turn your church into a "Disaster-Ready Congregation" to limit property damage and interrupted operations, as well as save lives!
Objectives: Participants will understand how our United Methodist structure enhances the local church’s capabilities for disaster readiness and response.  Participants also will (1) identify one or more steps to take in order to mitigate against disaster-caused damage to property; (2) identify one or more steps to take in order to prevent harm to people who are present in or on church property when disasters or emergencies occur; and (3) be able to assess the utilization of church property following a disaster within or near the community of the church.

Cost: $12, includes a continental breakfast, lunch and materials.  

We will also be creating hygiene kits after lunch and are asking attendees to bring material to make the kits. A link to what’s in a hygiene kit is here.
CEUs available for clergy – 5 Contact hours

Use the above registration form to sign up by April 17, 2018.