Faith-Based Organizations

IAEM-USA Faith-Based Organizations Caucus

Caucus Chair
Michael Whiteaker

Vice Chair
Rodney E. Andreasen, FPEM, CEM

IAEM-USA Chaplain
David Barber

Board Liaison
Mike Evans IAEM-USA Region 4 President

Staff Liaison
Sharon Kelly, sharon@iaem.com 

The IAEM-USA Faith-Based Organizations Caucus welcomes new members from the emergency management, community service, volunteer and faith-based sectors. IAEM-USA members interested in participating in this caucus should email the caucus staff liaison and tell them how you can contribute to or learn from this committee's important work.

Meeting Records (members-only)

Group Policy


Purpose Statement

The purpose of the IAEM-USA Faith-Based Organizations Caucus is to advocate for the increased recognition and engagement of faith-based organizations in IAEM-USA and the emergency management community toward building stronger and more resilient communities

Caucus Conference Call Schedule

Unless otherwise notified, the Faith-Based Caucus will conduct a conference call from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on the following dates:

  • Feb. 25, 2021
  • Apr. 22, 2021
  • June 24, 2021
  • Aug. 26, 2021
  • Oct. 15-22, 2021: IAEM 2021 Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan (meeting date and room TBD)


Events of Interest


Resources and Partnerships

  • Faith-Based Community Preparedness: Fires, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, arson and active shooters can all affect houses of worship. With incidents occurring with little to no warning, many houses of worship are developing and updating plans and procedures to ensure the safety and security of their congregations, staff, and facilities.

    Training and planning exercises may enhance the disaster preparedness – and response and recovery capabilities and capacity – of the voluntary, faith-based, and community partner organizations, staff and volunteers.
  • Humanitarian Disaster Institute: The Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) offers resources for disaster spiritual and emotional care, disaster ministry, and for humanitarian development. These resources are intended for lay helpers, congregations, and faith-based organizations, as well as for students and professionals in the fields of public health, mental health, and disaster management. Explore available resources.
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police: Website includes an article titled Advising Houses of Worship on a Comprehensive and Balanced Security Plan.
  • Justice Technology Information Center: A program of the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and U.S. Department of Justice. NIJ has created an app that will help local law enforcement work with houses of worship to evaluate facilities and create plans for preventing attacks and prepare for other catastrophic events. To access this FREE app, public safety officials should email the information listed here to asknlectc@justnet.org from your official agency email account.
  • Produced by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) of the United Kingdom, on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Terrorism and Allied Matters (ACPO TAM), Counter Terrorism Protective Security Advice for Places of Worship offers protective security advice to those who are responsible for security in places of worship.
  • The National Disaster Interfaith Network: Read Active Shooter in a House of Worship: Download this tip sheet.
  • Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships: Serves as connecting point to the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Prepare faith-based institutions and community organizations to effectively respond to emergencies and natural disasters, as well as to help combat human trafficking and the exploitation of the poor and vulnerable.
  • FEMA Emergency Management InstituteOnline Disaster Training. It is highly recommended that those involved in disaster services complete the following courses offered by FEMA: ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800.
  • Wheaton College Humanitarian Disaster InstituteHDI Website. The organization hosts an annual disaster ministries conference. The next conference is scheduled for June 21-23, 2018, in Naperville, Illinois.
  • Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium: Congress and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC or the Consortium) to develop and deliver relevant all-hazards training in support of rural homeland security requirements. The Consortium is led by The Center for Rural Development and is comprised of academic partners that possess extensive experience and niche capabilities in developing and delivering homeland security curriculum to the rural emergency response community, to include training for Faith-Based Organizations.
  • Association of Statisticians of American Religious BodiesASARB Website.
  • National Disasters Interfaith Network: NDIN Website.
  • Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency: Faith-Based Organizations, Houses of Worship. Website
  • DHS Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Website
  • FEMA Guide: Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers - June 2018
  • Disasters and Faith-Based Website

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