Disaster Resilience

Disaster Preparedness and Response

Resilience Lives Here

In just the past six years, our diocese has been ravaged by over 70 fires, totaling over 4.5 million acres of damage. We have also experienced several cases of intense flooding, electrical outages, and evacuations.  Every single county in our diocese has experienced at least one natural disaster since 2014, and in total, over 36,000 structures have been destroyed. The people of Northern California have lost their power, their homes, and even their loved ones.

In the midst of the anxiety and despair that natural disasters bring, the Diocese of Northern California works hard to provide pastoral support, community, and resources to those in distress. Bound by our baptismal covenant to seek and serve Christ in all persons, the Office of the Bishop has committed to disaster resilience by devoting funds, resources, and staffing to meet the needs of communities across Northern California facing catastrophes.

Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program is our partner in building resilient communities and preparing for disasters in the United States. Working with The Episcopal Church across the country, Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) helps dioceses prepare their congregations, and offers support during times of fire, flood, earthquakes, hurricanes and other serious circumstances that can affect the communities where we live, work and worship.

As Christians, we are called to serve the vulnerable in our communities. In a disaster, our vulnerabilities are laid bare before us and our call to serve becomes clearly present. 

Our method of disaster preparedness is based on the tenets of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD). A thorough preparedness process can transform the way we do ministry, even if a catastrophe never befalls our community. Learn more about ABCD on The Episcopal Church website here

For more resources from ERD on disasters, click here.

2022 Disaster Planning Workshops

During Lent, the Bishop’s Mission for Disaster Resilience is offering free ZOOM workshops for individuals and congregations to learn how to develop a disaster plan that works for your needs. Led by Mark Dibelka, Missioner for Disaster Resilience, these workshops are an ideal opportunity to build an emergency kit and have disaster plans before Easter (and of course, before fire season).

Workshops for Individuals

This interactive workshop will help you assemble a “GO” bag, prioritize valuables, and have an evacuation plan in place. Participants will receive checklists of important items to have on hand when a disaster strikes.
Format and content for Individual Workshops is the same. Select the date and time that works best for you.
  • Saturday, March 5 | 10:30 am – noon | Register here
  • Thursday, March 10 | 3:30 pm – 5 pm | Register here
  • Wednesday, March 16 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Register here

Workshops for Congregations

This workshop is designed for clergy and church leaders to review and update (or create) a disaster plan for your church.
Format and content for Congregational Workshops is the same. Select the date and time that works best for you.
  • Saturday, March 26 | 10:30 am – noon | Register here
  • Thursday, March 31 | 3:30 pm – 5 pm | Register here
  • Wednesday, April 6 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Register here

How big is 4.5 Million Acres?

  • It’s about one-twenty-fifth as big as California
  • It’s about three-and-a-half times as big as Grand Canyon National Park
  • It’s about four-and-a-half times as big as Rhode Island
  • It’s about six times as big as Yosemite National Park
  • It’s about 30,000 times as big as Disneyland
  • It’s about 80,000 times as big as Washington National Cathedral
  • It’s about 90,000 times as big as Grand Central Station
  • It’s about 3,000,000 times as big as The White House
  • It’s about 4,500,000,000 times as big as a King Size Bed
  • It’s about 50,000,000,000,000 times as big as a Postage Stamp