Be Prepared: Faith Communities

Faith communities play an important role in the Palo Alto community. Not only do they serve as cultural, educational, emotional, social, religious, and political centers, but also play a crucial role in emergency preparedness and response. “When a disaster strikes, the initial services provided may not come from government, but rather from churches, synagogues, mosques, and other faith-based and community organization.” W. Craig Fugate, Former FEMA Administrator. 

Palo Alto’s Office of Emergency Services recommends all faith communities prepare in three ways: Stay Informed, Get Prepared, and Get Involved. 

Stay Informed

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Be Prepared

  • Create an individual and family preparedness kit for both home and away.
  • Work with your community and the Office of Emergency Services to develop an emergency response plan. There are many different formats to choose, varying in length and detail.
  • Some faiths have published resources on emergency preparedness - see our Be Prepared: By Faith resources below. You may also use FEMA’s faith based preparedness guidance to create a plan for your house of worship.
  • Consider your faith’s practices on emergency response. It can bring emergency preparedness to a spiritual level, and create interest in the community to participate.
  • Identify specific hazards to your facility to address in your plan.
  • Inform community members and regularly practice your house of worship emergency plan.
  • Utilize the Office of Emergency Services emergency preparedness resources to guide and assist your planning.
  • Download a printable preparedness flyer(PDF, 406KB) (PDF) to share with your faith community.

 

Get Involved

There are many ways to get you and your faith-based community involved in keeping the Palo Alto community prepared. 

To get involved consider the following

 

Be a community asset to Palo Alto and its residents in a city-wide emergency

  • Be a Palo Alto community resource by completing a Faith Based Organization Letter of Intent(PDF, 406KB). This document does not bind your organization in any way, but rather indicates your willingness to assist in tasks, such as stockpiling medical equipment, operating as a resource distribution point, offering shelter to emergency responders, and more.
  • Find your Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinator for information on citywide preparedness drills by emailing epvolunteers@paneighborhoods.org or
  • Work with other local faith leaders near your facility to coordinate emergency preparedness plans, activities, or drills.

 

Be Prepared: By Faith - In Alphabetical Order

We have compiled a list of preparedness resources by faith to get you started.

christian cross in front of an open book in front of a circle
black christian cross
black christian cross
episcopal image, white shield with red cross

BE PREPARED: BAPTIST


BE PREPARED: CATHOLIC


BE PREPARED: CHRISTIAN


BE PREPARED: EPISCOPAL

jehova's witness, top of a castle with words The Watchtower
star of david
jesus christ of latterday saints
lutheran image, five flowered leaf with heart shape in the center, with a cross in the center of the heart

BE PREPARED: JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES


BE PREPARED: JUDIAISM


BE PREPARED: LDS


BE PREPARED: LUTHERAN

muslim symbol, crescent moon with star
presbyterian symbol, large cross with flames on each side
seventh day adventist logo, open book with flame
sikh image black and white, sword and circle, between two scimitars and sword

BE PREPARED: MUSLIM


BE PREPARED: PRESBYTERIAN


BE PREPARED: SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST


BE PREPARED: SIKH

unitarian universalist symbol, u with a torch in the middle
united methodist symbol



BE PREPARED: UNITARIAN / UNIVERSALIST


BE PREPARED: UNITED METHODIST