Emergency Services Program
Are you prepared?
Our Emergency Services Program is designed to help families before, during and after a tragedy hits through resources including:
- pastoral services
- behavioral health support
- case management
- disaster preparedness materials
- translation services
We coordinate with parishes, Diocesan facilities and risk management officials to help prepare for emergency situations like hurricanes, tornadoes, forest/brush fires, flooding, terrorist attacks, etc.
Example Emergency Plan
- Identify a hardened room inside the home for safety during a storm and a location outside the home for the family to meet in the event the house must be evacuated quickly
- Use a sealable 5 gallon bucket to hold a disaster kit that includes enough food, water, and hygiene products for one week
- Place important documents in Ziploc bags and keep with your disaster kit
- Purchase extra batteries for flashlights and radios
- Ensure you have a car charger for cell phones or purchase a power pack
- Keep the car’s gas tank full to avoid long lines at the gas station in the hours before a hurricane
Our Emergency Services team and many of our Catholic Charities staff are FEMA certified emergency responders. This means we have the clearance to enter areas during an emergency or catastrophic event after law enforcement, Emergency operations centers and FEMA open them to responders to provide support to people in need.