Long-term Recovery Webinars

Volunteer restoring flooded home
Volunteer from the United Church of Christ, Longmont, Colo., help restore a flooded home in their community. Photo: courtesy UCC Longmont

With more than 60 years of experience, Church World Service provides free, online training to people who care about their communities and want to see everyone recover from disaster.

Upcoming Webinars

March 10, 2015, "Disaster Preparedness," 2-3 p.m. eastern time.  Presented by CWS Emergency Response Specialist Sandra Kennedy-Owes. To register, click here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8273018321744268801

April 14, 2015, "Long-Term Recovery Basics," 2-4 p.m. eastern time.  Presented by CWS Emergency Response Specialist Susanne Gilmore.  Watch this space for more information and registration.

Past Webinars

"Beyond Bricks, Sticks, Muck-out and Tarps: Emotional and Spiritual Care Following Disasters" - February 19, 2015

Intentional emotional and spiritual care is an integral component of disaster response.  Learn why from Rev. Mary Hughes Gaudreau, a nationally recognized expert on disaster-related emotional and spiritual care, and get resources to enhance your response.  Watch the recorded webinar here (start at 1:25).

"The Future of Long-Term Recovery Groups" - January 13, 2015

CWS specialist Sandra Kennedy-Owes offered guidance for when an LTRG completes its work - from records it should keep to what members can do next. 

Click here to see the recorded webinar.

“What is a COAD – and why does your community need one?” – November 18, 2014

CWS Emergency Response Specialist Susanne Gilmore presented this webinar.  Hint: "COAD" stands for Community Organizations Active in Disaster. COADs put in place the partnerships and relationships needed so that you and your community can respond effectively when disaster strikes.

Click here to see the recorded webinar.

"Long-Term Recovery Basics" - October 21, 2014

In just under two hours, this webinar covers a wide range of topics designed to help communities rebuild and recover after a disaster.  Presented by CWS Emergency Response Specialist Susanne Gilmore, it is useful for clergy, lay leaders and staff of any other organization who may provide disaster response or recovery assistance to people affected by disasters, and anyone planning to mitigate the hazards in their community before as disaster strikes.

Click here to watch a recording of the webinar.

When Disaster Strikes Your Community: How Your Congregation Can Prepare Itself and Help Others – September 23, 2014

Learn practical ways your congregation can prepare itself for disaster - and prepare to help your community recover, too!  The webinar is led by Amy Gopp of CWS and Brandon Gilvin of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)'s Week of Compassion, coeditors of the valuable resource guide Help and Hope: Disaster Preparedness and Response Tools for Congregations.

Click here to watch a recording of the webinar.

Related resources:

CWS U.S. Emergency Response Manual - Managing and Operating a Long-Term Disaster Recovery Organization: A Capacity-Building Guidebook.  (PDF)

Long-Term Recovery Manual: National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. (PDF)

Lutheran Disaster Response Congregational Disaster Preparedness Guidebook. (PDF)

More resources for disaster preparedness and recovery

Children in Crisis - August 12, 2014

This webinar offered ways to support this important work with our most vulnerable and also resilient little ones.  Presenters included Kathleen Fry-Miller, Associate Director of Children's Disaster Services (CDS) of the Church of the Brethren, which in partnership with others has been caring for children following disasters since 1980, and Cari Logan, National Program Manager for Camp Noah. Camp Noah is a week-long Vacation Bible School-type experience for children who have been affected by a disaster. The curriculum of the day camp was designed to help children experience God's love and recover from traumatic events.

Watch the recording on Youtube


Disaster and Children: Stages of Development
10 Common Myths About Children in Disaster
Camp Noah 2014 FAQ
Finding the Right Facility for Camp Noah
What Every Child Receives at Camp Noah
Camp Noah Themes and Noah Wise Words
What People Are Saying About Camp Noah

American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services: A Brief Look at Your American Red Cross - July 15, 2014

This webinar provides an overview of American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services and its commitment to be not only a provider of direct services but also a facilitative leader across the entire disaster cycle – Prepare, Respond, Recover – in a way that is predictable and repeatable and applied consistently nationwide.  The organization’s goal is to align with government and work to enable the entire community to participate in all phases of the disaster cycle.

Download the slides from the presentation.

CWS "Disability and Disaster" Webinar - April 22, 2014

Learn more about how to include people with disabilities (i.e. with access and functional needs) in every stage of disaster preparedness and recovery, including as experts and resource providers. Presenters include: Julie Blanciak, FEMA Region II Volunteer Agency Liaison, and Dave Schaad, Field Operations Chief for FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination. Watch the recording!

Also download David Schaad's slides and Julie Blanciak's slides

CWS "Health and Safety in Disaster Recovery" Webinar September 10

Our September 10 webinar focused on health and safety - two vital components of disaster relief and recovery, not only for the survivors, but also for the volunteers who are often in risky environments.

Watch the recording on YouTube

Who does what?

The CWS Emergency Response Specialists June 4 presented key organizations and people that play a significant role from preparedness to long-term recovery.

Watch the recording on Youtube

Social Media and Long-term Recovery

On Nov. 13, 2013, CWS Emergency Response Specialist Kuulei Funn discussed how Social Media can be used in a Long Term Recovery Group.

Watch the recording on YouTube (recording starts at 0:55)

More Webinars...

The VALS: Your Friends in Disaster Recovery

What Comes After Recovery

What’s the Story and How to Tell It

Farmers, Rural Communities and Disasters – Materials and Presentation with Notes

Technology-Caused Disasters: How Healthy is Your Community?