Links and Resources

On this page are links to sources of information on the Internet, many of which were used in the development of this training program. Please explore what is available. The more you learn, the better you can prepare your congregation.

NOTE: Web sites change and they don’t change.  We cannot guarantee that the links listed on this page will still exist or be up to date when you go them. This information was correct as of October 1, 2015. Also, this list is far from being all-inclusive. Search around and see what you find.


PDA Home Page

PDA Resource Manual For Congregations and Mid-Councils

PDA Mission Statement

PDA National Response Team Overview

PDA Domestic Grants – Descriptions and Guidelines

Learn how your congregation and family can prepare to respond to local disasters – strengthened, informed, and ready to reach out in your community with the hope of Christ.

Community Arise logoCommunity Arise! This online ecumenical curriculum is designed for church leaders to answer questions about how your congregation can prepare and respond if a tornado, flood or fire moves through your community.

God with Us graphic God With Us — Worship and Christian education resources for congregational use after a local disaster, with emphasis on the needs of children, youth, and families immediately after a disaster. (68 pages)

resource image cover faith amidst disasterFaith in the Midst of Community Disaster: a Bible study on Disaster Preparedness, by Rev. Joan LeRoy Abell.  Our faith informs how we deal with disaster—not only strengthening and giving hope; but also shaping how we help others rebuild and experience that hope. (24 pages)

 resource image cover prepare to carePrepare to Care: Guide to Disaster Ministry in Your Congregation — a guide for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. (87 pages)



resource image cover for Together We TriumphTogether We Triumph: Youth Response to Disaster is a resource about dealing with disaster for Church Youth Leaders created by a joint task force of United Methodists and Presbyterians. Available online in the church store, PDS# 74340-95-019, free (includes leader manual and student activity guide); or you may download and print copies as needed: Church Youth Leader’s Manual (90 pages)     Student Fellowship Activity Guide (42 pages)

State and County Government Emergency Management – Home Pages

New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response

Orange County Division of Emergency Management

Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services

Rockland County Department of Fire & Emergency Services

Sullivan County Emergency Management

Ulster County Emergency Services Department

Westchester Department of Emergency Services

Additional online materials and training for families and communities

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Family information

Disaster Services Training (Emergency Management Institute)

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logoCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Web site

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Information that can help families protect themselves from public health threats following flooding

 logo for formidable footprintsFormidable Footprint neighborhood disaster tabletop exercises for Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTS), neighborhood watch programs, etc., presented by Disaster Resistant Communities Group

Find out more on the Formidable Footprint web site