Florida-Bahamas Synod Disaster Response & Preparedness
Congregations proclaim the gospel in many ways in the community in which they live: worship, vision planning, social ministry, youth programs and much more. When a crisis or disaster arises and God’s people are hurting and scared, God gives us the gift to share the hope and promise of new life in the midst of devastation. The Office of the Bishop has the responsibility to shepherd and resource rostered leaders and congregations in times of disaster.
The Florida-Bahamas Synod and the Office of the Bishop will work with local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as ecumenical and civic disaster response groups to mitigate risk and provide quick and effective disaster response. The bishop administers the response through the Disaster Response Director, Stephen Garcia.
The call of God motivates the church to reach into the world, to be full participants in the community, and to care for the earth with all its creatures. When something happens in our community, our neighbors will be knocking on our doors whether or not we are prepared to step up to the needs. It also makes sense to be prepared to care for the people, buildings, information, programs, networks and other resources that are important to us and our community.