Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Technical Assistance Center (SAMHSA DTAC)
SAMHSA DTAC supports the efforts of states, territories, tribes, and local entities to be prepared, so they are better able to deliver an effective behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse) response to disasters. SAMHSA DTAC provides guidance pertaining to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program by facilitating information exchange and knowledge brokering by connecting technical assistance requestors to their peers and experts in the field. Last, SAMHSA DTAC has useful print and electronic materials in the Resource Collection about disaster behavioral health preparedness and response.
Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Charities USA’s Disaster Operations coordinates the church’s response to disasters in the United States and grants relief funds to local Catholic charitable organizations to support their relief efforts.
Citizen Corps—Put Your Faith in Preparedness
This webpage by Citizen Corps provides a list of interfaith, Christian, Islamic, and Jewish organizations that play roles in helping communities prepare for and recover from disasters.
Disaster Tip Sheets for NYC Religious Leaders—National Faith-based Disaster Service Organizations
This tip sheet lists national faith-based organizations that are involved in disaster assistance and includes their basic program and contact information.
Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief & Development is an international relief and development agency and a compassionate response to human suffering on behalf of The Episcopal Church of the United States.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Disaster Response
This webpage describes ELCA's work in disaster response and assistance and includes a link to resources for congregations.
This website offers podcasts, handouts, self-care assessments, and online trainings for psychological and spiritual support for community caregivers.
Islamic Relief USA
Islamic Relief USA strives to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy, and diseases worldwide regardless of color, race, religion, or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. The organization aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human-caused and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects that allow communities to better help themselves.
Jewish Disaster Response Corps (JDRC)
The JDRC is a faith-based initiative that assists all communities in domestic disaster recovery while exhibiting Jewish values and promoting broad and visible Jewish participation. The JDRC provides a Jewish partner for institutions and individuals to work with, thus filling the gap between disaster response and the Jewish community’s commitment to help others, as it would want to be helped.
Lutheran Disaster Response
Lutheran Disaster Response is a ministry that brings together Lutherans from all over the United States in response to disasters.
Mennonite Disaster Service
Mennonite Disaster Service is a volunteer network of churches that responds to those affected by disasters in Canada and the United States.
National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN)
NDIN is a national network of disaster interfaith organizations working together to reduce disaster-caused human suffering through the exchange of information and cooperative support.
Nazarene Disaster Response
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is committed to a holistic approach to relief and development in response to both natural and human-made disasters by supplying persons and communities in crisis with a network of supporters and tools to move toward further preparedness and personal stability.
NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster
NECHAMA is a nonprofit organization that provides disaster response and training services nationwide.
New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS)
NYDIS is a 501(c)(3) faith-based federation of service providers and charitable organizations who work in partnership to provide disaster readiness, response, and recovery services to New York City. NYDIS’s programs focus on all phases of the disaster lifecycle. Its services range from mitigation education to preparedness training to response and recovery initiatives. Through these programs, NYDIS strengthens the resources of faith-based agencies providing disaster services and serves the most vulnerable communities affected by disaster.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army provides several basic disaster relief services, such as food, shelter, emergency assistance, donations management, disaster case management, cleanup and reconstruction, and partnerships.
United Church of Christ National Disaster Ministries
The Office of National Disaster Ministries’ programs assist with acute and long-term effects of disasters.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church, whose goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships
According to its webpage, “[T]he mission of the center is to build resilient communities among faith-based and community organizations. In collaboration with federal, state and local partners, the Center supports the Department's strategy of sustainable risk management by building capacity and resiliency among faith-based and community organizations.”
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Last updated 2/24/2014
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