Wednesday, November 7

Christian Emergency Network INCIDENT COMMAND BRIEFING 1PM


The CEN Incident Command Team briefing will take place today, Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Christian leaders in emergency response will provide information on the churches role in meeting the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical needs of Hurricane Sandy survivors.

Situation Report

During the 75-minute conference call, Sandy Buresh, Program Director for the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) and CEN Incident Commander will describe the situation. Many areas are still unreachable, and lack power or sufficient housing for aid workers. As the snow melts, new flooding may further complicate response efforts. Without coordination, volunteers may be turned back by the National Guard, unable to find sufficient housing and also become victims.

Lisa Crump, CEN Prayer Officer and Director of the National Day of Prayer will present the critical prayer concerns, followed by Jim Morgan, Meet the Need President and CEN Logistics officer who will describe how churches can receive prayer coverage for their field response, and use the online Meet the Need platform to register needs and connect with donors and and volunteers who can respond. Victim Relief is providing access to chaplains trained in crisis counselling. CEN will present tools and training for assessing capacity and quickly organizing a response.

Mary Marr, President and Founder of CEN, will also be on the call. She encourages all church leaders to participate. “They’ll learn how to request help from the Christian community, or identify places to give aid, and access resources for organizing a recovery effort. Don’t become part of the disaster by trying to help without preparation.” 

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