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Disasters and the local church

A self-led online course on how to mobilise and engage the local church in disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation

2023 Available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish

Illustration of a church being active in supporting their community

Course details

English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
5–7 hours

What will you gain from the course?

  • An experience of what it could be like to engage with disaster response and preparedness as part of a local church
  • Insight into how to work alongside your community and coordinate with other responders
  • Confidence to mobilise your local church to take the first steps towards preparing for disasters

Course highlights

Browse course modules

  1. Why should the local church help in disasters? Explore what the Bible says, meet Stanley and his pastor, involve volunteers and form a disaster committee.

  2. Help Stanley and the disaster committee identify risks and resources, facilitate inclusive community group discussions and prioritise actions.

  3. Help the disaster committee respond to an emergency scenario, by using needs assessment tools, communicating well and identifying recovery activities.

  4. Following the disaster, help the disaster committee identify changes to their context, mitigate future impacts and learn from their response.

  5. Learn how people respond to traumatic events, how the local church can support wellbeing, and about five intervention principles.

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What have previous learners said?

  • Even before finishing the course, I have started to train the church and prepare it to form a disaster committee.

    Lawi Tanzania
  • It not only provides the solutions, but also involves practical life situations enabling the learner to have better comprehension on how the local church can deal with disasters.

    Florence Kenya
  • Videos are excellent. Running story of Stanley is entertaining and fun and makes learning enjoyable!

    Nilo Mozambique
  • The course was practical as it shows the particular communities, people, natural disaster issues, process and selection of committee who are related with their given task. It visualises how the problem can occur and how we can deal with it.

    Usha Nepal

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