May 28, 2020
The country is reopening at different speeds. Some states are far from reopening, while others are open, or soon to be open, for business. Your House of Worship or organization may already be welcoming your communities into your facilities. Others may be sticking to virtual services for weeks to come.
The DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity urges you to maintain open communication with your local and state governmental officials regarding reopening guidelines and directives.
The following tools may help as you determine the best steps for your house of worship: FEMA’s Exercise Starter Kit
On May 12th, 2020, FEMA released an Exercise Starter Kit. The kit is designed to help organizations facilitate their own exercises, such as workshops and tabletop exercises, to examine their readiness for a range of threats and hazards. It is designed to help organizations across the whole community facilitate their own conversations in a virtual workshop format around planning considerations for reconstituting operations during COVID-19. This workshop, which is intended to be guided by a facilitator within your own organization, provides a framework to assess your current status and begin planning to reconstitute operations. Each organization is unique and should establish its own criteria for successful reconstitution. The suggested discussion questions focus on four themes: People, Facilities, Messaging and Communications, and Resources and Logistics.
COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season
In preparing for the 2020 hurricane season, this document provides actionable guidance to State, Local, Tribal and Territorial officials to prepare for response and recovery operations and encourages personal preparedness measures amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While this document focuses on hurricane season preparedness, most planning considerations can also be applied to any disaster operation in the COVID-19 environment, including no-notice incidents, spring flooding and wildfire seasons and typhoon response.