From the Diocesan Disaster Coordinator

From the Diocesan Disaster Coordinator

by Margaret Dunning, Diocesan Disaster Coordinator

A resolution was passed at 2014 Diocesan Convention directing each congregation in the diocese to have a disaster plan in place by the 2015 Convention, and to have a copy of that plan in the Office of the Bishop by the 2015 Convention as well. With Convention less than six months away, it is time to get busy, especially if your congregation has not already completed its plan.

If you do need assistance with your disaster plan, please set your appointment with the Diocesan Disaster Coordinator, Margaret Dunning ( by August 1, 2015, to insure that your plan is complete by Diocesan Convention.

Disaster Plan Templates

Margaret is available to assist your congregation with its plan, and with additional resources that can help you transform your disaster plan into a community resilience and outreach tool. And please do not forget that being prepared also means that your parishioners and their families are prepared. Having plans in place to assist your neighbors is also suggested. There are several very helpful disaster templates available on the Episcopal Relief and Development website that can assist you in generating your own plan. These templates can be found here:

How’s Your Asset Map?

In March 2015, Episcopal Relief and Development unveiled a priceless new tool called the Episcopal Asset Map. The is a national Asset Map, and The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California has its own Asset Map, which can be found here: To learn more about the Asset Map, you can read the original article published in March 2015 by clicking here. Besides being a very helpful disaster response tool, the Asset Map is a great evangelism tool, enabling ‘church shoppers’ to locate your church and become aware of your ministries. It is also a great resource to use to contact other churches and community organizations engaged in similar outreach ministries in your area.

The Asset Map is very easy to use, and your congregation's map is ready to be accessed and started today! Log on to and click on the triangle representing your church. Then click on your church’s name, and then click on the ‘Take the Survey’ button. When you are finished, take the math test (Don’t be afraid, it’s easy!) and then click on the 'Submit' button. After your edits are approved by the Diocesan Asset Map Coordinator, they will appear on the map. Because all additions of data and changes are approved by the Map Coordinator, your map is safe from having unwanted data uploaded to it.Want more information? Please contact Margaret Dunning via email at

Once you become familiar and comfortable with the Asset Map, you can easily add new material or edit the existing material, including pictures and videos of your activities. This map is essential during emergency situations, but it is also readily available and useful in the daily life of your congregation and community. The Asset Map is an outreach and community resilience tool that your congregation has at its fingertips! Log-on today and discover how easy and useful it is!


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