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Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Developing a Resource Plan

The Diocese continues to develop our capacity for resilience through helping every congregation in the Diocese develop a Resilience & Preparedness Plan appropriate for their congregation and ministries to provide a safe and resilient environment for our people and those we serve.

What does a Resilience Plan look like?

The plan might address:

  • How to deal with issues concerning your church building and physical plant
  • How to protect, backup and archive vital records
  • How to care for and reach out to the members of your congregation
  • How to identify opportunities and prepare to assist in meeting larger community needs

Specific Resources for Developing a Resilience Plan

Regional Disaster Wardens

Consistent with the winding down of the recovery effort, the Diocese is moving toward a more regional approach. In each of our five Regions, there will be a Regional Disaster Warden (RDW) who works in conjunction with the Regional Missioner. The RDWs will be available beginning in October 2015 to assist congregation in developing their Resilience Plans (preparedness plans) and in other related matters.

  • Front Range Region: Hill Grimmett (St. Luke’s, Fort Collins), Hill@EpiscopalColorado.org
  • High Plains Region: Mason Whitney (St. Gabriel’s, Cherry Hills Village), masoncwhitney@gmail.com
  • Sangre de Christo Region: The Reverend Mary Hendricks (Rector, St Andrew’s Episcopal and Holy Cross Lutheran Church, La Junta), marydh@aya.yale.edu

Please note that the Wardens for the Southwest and Northwestern Regions has not yet been appointed. They will be listed here as soon as possible, In the meantime, please contact The Reverend Carl Andrews, Carl@EpiscopalColorado.org.

The Colorado Asset Map

The Asset Map is a project of Episcopal Relief & Development designed to present all the churches, school and institutions of The Episcopal Church nationally. Part of engaging in the Year of Resilience is completing your congregation’s profile. It’s quick and easy to do. See the Colorado Asset Map here

The Map began as a tool for disaster work and has grown into much more than that. It can now be used to connect congregations to other people doing similar work (networking), to foster development of new ministry (information sharing), and a range of other things: diocesan database management (important), exploring Episcopal churches in a new city (church shopping), finding Episcopal Service Corps programs or campus ministries, etc.

Disaster Recovery

The Flood Recovery program of the Diocese is coming to a close. Our very generous grant from Episcopal Relief & Development has been well-spent and has helped many people and households rebuild their homes and their lives.Our recovery and preparedness work has been supported and assisted by Episcopal Relief and Development, We are very grateful for their assistance.

In the flood-affected communities, recovery will continue through 2016 and probably beyond. Throughout the affected areas of the state, much of the post-flood case management and disaster assistance staff will finish their work by the end of the year. Staffing and other transitions are being made so that rebuilding continues.

If you need more details or need specific contact information, please contact The Reverend Carl Andrews, Diocesan Disaster Coordinator at Carl@EpiscopalColorado.org.

Watch the video about our efforts in flood recovery in Colorado.