Glocal has helped out with a number of disasters from Riverside CA to Sendai Japan, and the people who survive the best are the ones who follow the 3Ps.
#1. Make A PLAN
Glocal has developed a program to help churches and organizations think through a natural or man-made disaster. The things one does in the first 3 minutes, 3 hours, 3 days, or even 3 weeks can make the difference between life and death.
#2. PREPARE A Kit
Just having a plan is not enough! You have to put your plan into action. This is the preparation stage. Most people talk about a plan but don't ever take the time to actually prepare. They are "paving the road to destruction with good intentions".It might seem overwheling at first, but if you begin with your 3 minute and 3 hour kits you will be well on your way.
Some questions to ask...
Do you have a good first aide kit?
Do you have a food supply kit?
Do you have a water system in place?
Do you have a power system in place?
"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it prepares its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest." – Proverbs 6:6-8
Glocal uses a number of different organizations to help us practice our training.
CERT - Community Emergency Response Teams
CA Disaster Corps
And our own Glocal training
We belive that every person should be ready for a disaster (especially Christians).. It is not a mater of if it will happen, but rather when. What a wonderful way to love your neighbor during a disaster than by by providing much needed first aid, a cup of water, or power to charge their cell phone.
After growing up in Scouting and becoming an Eagle Scout, I learned what it meant to "Be Prepared". Now, after helping with many "disaster" situations, our family came to the conculsion that we couldn't just help others without first preparing ourselves. That is where this aspect of Glocal Outreach was born!
A Good Video Reminding Us That Disasters Are Always Near (From our friend at Metrokc.org)
Pastor Brian is NOW trained as an instructor with the American Red Cross so that all our volunteers can be First Aid/CPR trained. If your church or organization needs to be trained also, just let us know.