The Diocese of Oregon Emergency Response Preparedness Program is designed to create and implement a plan to mitigate the effects of emergencies and disasters within the Diocese.  This Program is an integral part of The Episcopal Relief & Development Program and was initiated by The Episcopal Church National Executive Council in 2005 when it stated:

“Resolved, That the Executive Council, meeting in Las Vegas, October 7-11, 2005, commend to the dioceses and congregations of the Episcopal Church the need for disaster planning and encourage them to take steps to provide instructions for clergy and other leaders concerning what to do and where to go in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist event.”

Through this Program we seek to:

  • Provide training, information and other capacity-building activities for local leaders and congregations throughout the diocese.
  • Develops collaborative relationships with federal, state and local agencies and members of The Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ORVOAD).
  • Work to identify, mobilize and coordinate volunteers before, during and after an incident occurs.
  • Develop and manage systems to effectively and efficiently deploy volunteers, equipment and supplies in order to assist in:
  • Delivering life-saving supplies such as medicine, blankets and food for emergency shelters or camps.
  • Providing shelter, along with trauma counseling and psycho-social services to survivors.
  • Repairing and constructing homes, schools, health clinics, roads, water systems and community centers to replace those destroyed by disaster.
  • Restoring the social and economic fabric of communities by providing economic and educational opportunities and improving access to legal services and home ownership.

The Diocese’s role in this Emergency Response Preparedness Program is to facilitate the planning of congregations and other entities of the Diocese.  The planning templates and other assisting resources on this site are suggestions only.  Congregations and other entities in the Diocese may develop different outlines that they find more useful. Outlines different than those found on this website should be shared with the Diocesan Emergency Preparedness Team so those ideas could be displayed for all congregations and other entities use.


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Congregational Templates
These templates are available for any congregation to download to develop an emergency/disaster plan.   The congregation should use these templates as a guide and should feel free to adjust their plan to better fit their own situation.

Bronze Plan Template

Aiding Organizations

American Red Cross: Together We Prepare Oregon
This booklet was developed by The American Red Cross for the us of any group writing a plan of “what to do in case a disaster should strike”.

Disaster Supply Kit Checklist
This list can be downloaded to determine what items any household should obtain prior to a disaster.  Should a disaster occur, obtaining these items prior to the event will aid in sustaining the household through the initial period.

Leadership During Times of Crisis

Communication Tips
For communication during times of emergency/disaster events, individuals should try using those phone numbers, either cell phone or land line, displayed in the congregational and/or Diocesan directories. In times of emergency, we anticipate that communications will be compromised. Understand that you will need to be self-sufficient for a prolonged period, and that only emergency communications will have priority.


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Organizing for Disaster Relief

Over the last several decades an organizational system of has been developed by emergency response organizations to most efficiently deal with disaster recovery.  This system is known as “The Incident Command System” (I.C.S.) and is used nationally, and at all levels of government.

For persons dealing with disaster recovery, it is valuable to understand the concepts and terminology of I.C.S.   Listed below is a website where one can take a self guided lesson of the various levels of I.C.S.  We suggest participants in the Diocesan emergency planning program take the ICS-100 portion of this training.

I.C.S. Training Website

Community Training Courses

Many communites in our Diocese conduct periodic training courses for citizens within their area.  These courses are usuallyopen to anyone and tuition may be free.  By clicking on the link below you will discover what training is being offered, where, when, and cost, if any.  This list was compiled by the Oregon State Office Of Emergency  Services, is State wide, and is periodically updated.  There is usually listed a contact phone number where you can find out any prerequisites you may need prior to attending and how you can sign up for the class.

View Courses: Training Calendar

Earthquakes and Tsunamis

The web site below is from the State of Oregon Emergency Services and contains a film about Earthquakes and Tsunamis.  I commend it to you for your viewing,

Download: Shakey Ground Magazine


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President: Scott Reuter
Vice President, Rural: Charlene Larsen
Secretary: Brent Carlson
Treasurer: Sam Pellecer

Organizations Involved

Lutheran Disaster Response
American Red Cross
Oregon Food Bank
The Church of the Latter-day Saints
Oregon Health Authority
US Corps of Engineers
The Churches of Scientology
The Episcopal Diocese of Oregon
Mennonite Disaster Services
Clackamas County COAD
The Salvation Army
Church World Service
Christian Reform World Relief Committee
Oregon Emergency Management
United Methodist Committee on Relief
Umatilla County Emergency Management

Diocese of Oregon

The Rev. John Nesbitt
Steve Courtney
Verna Graue
Steve Eberlien
Robert Macy
Donald Hayes
Linda Kidd
Steve Griffins
The Rev.Betsy Tesi
Mary Macy
Mike Stone
Neysa Ellgren
Mike Mills
Patrick Lawless
Richard Raub
Tom Meier


Central: The Rev. Betsy Tesi
Columbia: Pete Hoffman, Chris Hardman
Metro-East: Steve Stegeman
South Coast: Donald Hayes
Southern:  James Johnson
Sunset: Richard Raub
Willamette: Steve Griffin