Emergency Response

Emergency response is a critical part of the work of many faith-based organizations, who respond before, during and after crises and emergencies to provide care, protection and services for people in need.

Training for Humanitarian Response Workers

  • Redcliffe College is a Christian organization that provides online training for professionals who work with refugees. Training covers topics such as understanding refugees, their experiences and the resulting impact, building cultural awareness and recognizing cultural implications, and recognizing and understanding loss, stress, and trauma. It includes PTSD Case studies to help workers make wise decisions. Learn more
  • DisasterReady.org is an online learning platform built to prepare humanitarian and development professionals for the critical work they do by providing high-quality, relevant online learning resources at no cost. DisasterReady is provided in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.
  • The Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College is a faith-based academic disaster research center designed to help the church prepare and care for a disaster-filled world. HDI uses research to create resources and events geared toward students, survivors, helpers, and researchers.

Other Emergency Response Resources

  • The Sphere community sets standards for humanitarian action and promotes quality and accountability and provides resources for emergency response and humanitarian response training.
  • Christian Response in Fragile Settings: CCIH 2020 Annual Conference Session: Seasoned experts in humanitarian emergencies who have worked through sudden onset emergencies, conflict, and disease outbreaks like Ebola shared their experiences and how their faith sustains them during challenges.
  • Biblical Foundations for Humanitarian Workers, produced by World Vision. This series of modules has been designed for individual readers to explore the biblical foundations of the work of humanitarian assistance. The material can be used by individuals and be easily adapted to accommodate group discussion and study.
  • Religious Engagement in Humanitarian Crises: Good Practice Collection: This collection was prepared by the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD), and features examples of good practices by faith-based organizations responding to humanitarian emergencies and crises.