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 or Bates (740.509.1132 or 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