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When Disasters Happen

Preparing your congregation to function & serve when disaster strikes

Disaster struck central North Carolina April 16, 2011.
It was a Saturday afternoon when tonadoes affected 2400 Wake County residences, commerical buildings and institutional buildings. What if it had struck on Sunday morning?

Imagine power and phone lines down, your parking lot blocked by downed trees, gas lines broken, and cell towers overwhelemed. Suppose part of your place of worhsip was damaged, and some of your congregants were injured. Suppose emergency responders were overwhelmed and couldn't reach you for hours or days?
Do you have a plan?

Floods, tornadoes, hurricanesm fires, active shooters and acts of terrorism require immediate action. Do you have the proper training?

These events also involve long-term recovery of the surrounding community. Are you ready to help?
9:00am - 12:00pm
The Satisky Congregation Hall at Temple Beth Or
5315 Creedmoor Road
Raleigh, NC 27612

Use the main entrance of Temple Beth Or and follow signs to large hall at the back of the building.
Participants will receive a resource CD including planning guides and templates.
This workshop will prepare you to develop a response plan to protect your buildings and grounds and a plan to care for your members before, during, and after the disaster strikes. You will learn how to develop an inventory of the skills and talents of your members to assist the congregation and the community. Yu will receive resource materials to create your unique plan.
Formed in 2002, WIDT is an association of religious organizations working together to prepare for, mitigate the effects of, and recover from disaster.

This workshop is for ecclesiastical leaders, congregants, administrators, members responsible for the care of the place of worship, and those involved in disaster relief efforts.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
  • Identify risks specific to your congregation
  • Develop response plans
  • Understand community resources available to assist your congregation in planning and in times of disaster
  • Know how your congregation can respond and help others
To register, send the following information to [email protected] :
Telephone number
Email address
Name(s) of Person(s) attending

Contact Larry Marks, 919-782-1993, [email protected]
Larry Marks, President, Wake INterfaith Disaster Team
 Larry helped form WIDT and serves as its president. Larry serves on the board of North Carolina Volunteer Agencies Active in Disaster (NC VOAD), a state-wide coordinating group for disaster response and recovery. Larry was instrumental in WIDT’s coordination of Wake County’s recovery from the 2011 tornados.

Samantha Royster, NC Community Emergency Response Team Program Manager
 Samantha had worked in veterinary medicine for more than 25 years when she took the CERT Basic Training Class. Little did she know that would change her whole career path! She has been with NC Emergency Management since 2014, and now travels the state helping CERTs get started, boost their training programs, and retain their volunteers. Being the NC CERT Program Manager is more than a job to Samantha: she’s on a mission to see that every county in NC (and there are 100 of them!) has a viable CERT Program to better help its residents to prepare for, mitigate against, and recover from disasters. Samantha has a BA in Linguistics, Writing and Editing; and an MA in Human-Animal Bond Research, both from NC State University. She is also a NASAR-certified SARTECH II and is active in wilderness search and rescue.