REGION 1 congregation preparation network

Region 1 Disaster Preparedness and Response Initiatives

We are called to love and serve our neighbor when disaster strikes. As individuals, families, faith communities and neighbors we seek to be ready to help as during the critical hours, days, weeks and years following a disaster. We have muchto learn from each other about being ready to respond!

In partnership with Lutheran Disaster Response, and our state and local partners in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Montana, we are congregations training congregations in preparedness and response for times of disaster.

Please join us in taking steps to be ready. Our names and contact information are waiting for you on our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you.

After a month off it was great to reconnect! We had a great Region 1 Disaster Team Gathering August 15. Thanks to all who were able to attend and make it a fun and meaningful time Also, many who couldn't come emailed to let us know. Life happens, but it's great to hear that missing a Gathering means a lot to you. You can view recording of our Gathering here
We offered several resource links during out time together and those are listen again here:
Habitat for Humanity Evacuation Plan
Visual of Groovy KN95's
Prepare in a Year - Includes video and links to Prepare in a Year resources
Prepare with Pedro Cover to Print resource
Update on Camp Compass with Camp Lutherwood of Oregon
DIY Fan Air Purifier for Smoke (not COVID)
Great American Shakeout – October 20, 2020
Don't forget our challenge to talk with 5 people this month. Just check in on congregation members, neighbors or friends about how they're doing with the heat - or smoke if you are experiencing this in your area - or your plans for future work in disaster preparedness, and are they interested in working with you? Keep it simple and sincere.
Be safe and be in touch if/as you desire!  Jan is at

Thank you to all who joined us for our June Gathering. The group is taking July off, but we gather again Monday, August 15. Register now. We will be talking about ideas for fall preparedness programming and covering additional sections of the Plan and Guide for Disaster Preparedness and Response action plans.

Please feel free to call, txt or email if you wish conversation over the summer. Team members will be on the road and in "consultation mode" with those who wish collaboration. Congregations and neighborhood groups are looking at various events and we'd love to put you in conversation with each other. We also know of several congregations that are doing preparedness in some way as a part of God's Work Our Hands Saturday and Sunday in September. Let us help!

As the summer season comes, help those around you prepare for sudden evacuation whether because of smoke, fire, or heat wave.
Be safe and be in touch if/as you desire!  Jan is at

May's Gathering featured two wonderful speakers who shared their congregation's stories in moving from "Conversation to Construction" - that is from relationship building to wonderful disaster oriented ministries. There is no one way to do this. We reach out, connect, and let the Spirit do the rest! While we did not do our worksheet together, it may prove a valuable resource for you in thinking through your own "Conversation to Construction"  journey.

We had some resources lifted up by participants. Here they are:

  1. One of our guest presenters, Deb Schlulz, made reference to a handout she's been using with your neighborhood group. Here it is, "Weekly Steps for Emergency Preparedness."
  2. The Washington Post article John Core mentioned talks about wildfire risk around the nation and how you can look up specific information for you zip code.
  3. While this is now past, Jan offered: "Cyber Readiness is crucial in our day to day lives and when preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters. Join FEMA Region 10's Individual and Community Preparedness Team to review cyber readiness basics you can integrate in both your personal and professional life. This webinar will be 15 minutes long and will start promptly at 12 pm PT."  While this event is over, you may wish to check out FEMA news and newsletter subscription options.

Our next Region 1 Disaster Preparedness Gathering will be Monday, June 13, 2022 6:00-7:30 PM PST. Register today. For this Gathering we will be moving to tangible resources for events and education. We will also be discussing the creation of a disaster preparedness notebook for you and your congregational or neighborhood leadership team. Please join us!

Our April Gathering found us spending more time than anticipated just catching up with each other. It was time well spent. We always have so much to learn from one another.

Central to our time was a report from Oregon Synod VOAD representative Charlene Larsen of the work of the Blue Mountain Long Term Recovery Group as they wrap up their efforts after two year's work following the Umatilla River flooding of February 2020. View this video -  - for a summary of that process. Great work, all!

All the rich conversation we enjoyed meant that we didn't get to our "From Conversation to Construction" theme. We will pick this us in our next Gathering Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Register today. Our worksheet for our time in May can be found here.

There is great opportunity for engagement as we move into Spring. We promised two resources for you, and those are here.

  1. One is a congregational (or home) Disaster Preparedness Spring Cleaning event. Learn how one congregation had great fun with a walk through of there church facility with an eye to disaster preparedness and outreach. Some of you, we know, want to make this a May project. We'll take some next session to share our progress.
  2. The Washington State Emergency Management Division offers a great resource to engage Disaster Preparedness in a paced, month by month progression. This would be a great project for your family, neighborhood group or congregation. Grab some friends and make it something you do together. They've got other great resources, too.

Thank you to all who joined us in April. As always, if you have questions or seek some consultation let us know.

Following our February session on "No Wrong Doors," this month we engaged in training and practice around conversation styles which invite others into Disaster work. Specifically, we talked about "one-to-one" conversations with those we find "at the intersections." Who would you like to talk with about their possible involvement with you on a congregation or neighborhood Disaster Preparedness Team?

"One-to-one" conversations are a tool gleaned from Community Organizing practice. (Consider further training with the ELCA Organizing for Mission Network.) In a "one-to-one" relational meeting  the goal is to find passions and possible common interests that might bring you into partnered action with another. "One-to-one" relational meetings:

  • - Begins with a personal invitation to sit down and talk - maybe over coffee, but always at a time that is convenient for your 'guest.'
  • - States the reason for your visit as you invite. You are only interested in learning more about your guest and what motivates them to do the wonderful work you see them doing.
  • - Lasts between 30-60 minutes. Clarify the time frame you are asking for and stick to it.
  • - Listen more than you talk. Your "one-to-one" meeting is not a one way interview - but neither is it a social visit. Reflect, share connections as appropriate, but keep the focus on your guest and their story. Consider a 2 to 1 rule. Listen twice as much as you talk.
  • - Follow up your meeting with written notes which help you reflect on what you're learned.
  • - Generally you will not want to ask you guest to join your team or do anything for you at this meeting. That would be a bait and switch. Honor your stated intent of just getting to know them.
  • - Follow up your conversation with a personal thank you, and a thank you email or card as appropriate.

This worksheet was distributed during our session. Download it as a guide to having an actual "one-to-one" relationship meeting. It's actually fun. You and your guest will undoubtedly enjoy your time together.

Between now and our April 21 Gathering (Register here) you are asked to conduct one or more "one-to-one" meetings with people you find interesting. Bring your notes to our April session and we'll learn about next steps.

We had a great session February 16, 2022. Our theme was "No Wrong Doors: Entry Points for Disaster Preparedness and Response." Thank you to all who were able to participate.

As you review this session you will want to download the No Wrong Doors Worksheet we used for the session. This gives you space for notes and a way to participate in the work we did. In addition, our No Wrong Doors Summary offers you a concise way to see the flow of the evening and most important points.

Please use this video (below) to catch up if you missed the session. Or, share the evening with others who may be interested, or  use it as a review for your own reflection and learning. At the end of the No Wrong Doors Worksheet there is space to write. We encourage you to Name a person you "found at the intersection." Have this person in mind as you Join us for our next Gathering March 17, 2022.

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