September is Disaster Preparedness Month

A crisis can occur at home, in a congregation, in a community. There may be no way to avoid a crisis, but one can plan a response to a crisis.

The Diocese of Southern Ohio has two diocesan preparedness/response coordinators, trained by Episcopal Relief & Development. Chris Kelsen is also a Red Cross volunteer, who has responded to disasters in Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas. Mary Bates is head of Lutheran Disaster Response in Ohio, is a former chair of the Ohio Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) and is well known throughout Ohio for her disaster preparedness and response knowledge.

NPM15_logo_v6Final-nationalSeptember is Disaster Preparedness month and a good time to prepare yourself and your congregation in anticipation of a disaster. The Episcopal Relief & Development disaster preparedness model promotes readiness first at the individual/family level, then the congregational level and finally the community level. Training for your congregation and preparedness materials are available from either Kelsen (513.289.8610 or cbkelsen@gmail.com) or Bates (740.509.1132 or batesm55@gmail.com). If you are involved in responding to a community disaster that needs financial support, please contact Kelsen or Bates about seeking support from Episcopal Relief & Development. And please plan to visit us at the Diocesan Convention in November!

Chris Kelsen attends Christ Church, Glendale, and serves as a disaster relief coordinator for the diocese. Contact him at cbkelsen@gmail.com.