Disaster Resilience

Planning ahead and taking steps to lessen the impact of potential disasters can go a long way in minimizing the suffering and damage that often follow—particularly in places where people already face poverty and may lose the few resources or safety nets they have.

Disaster resilience includes preparedness, mitigation and response. Episcopal Relief & Development works with local Anglican and Episcopal Church partners to build resilient communities that are better able to respond when disasters, whether human-made or natural, strike. We also respond with emergency support when disasters occur.

In autumn 2020, the Anglican Alliance launched The Resilience Course, which was co-designed with Episcopal Relief & Development. The Resilience Course brings together Anglican colleagues to share learning on disaster resilience & response, as we journey through COVID-19 and beyond.

Coming in 2021 – Newly revised Pastors and Disasters toolkit

To learn more about Episcopal Relief & Development’s response to disasters in the United States, click here.

Your partnership will help the worldwide Church improve its ability to respond to emergencies and reduce their impact by:

  • Empowering local church partners and communities to prepare for potential threats with measures such as installing early alert systems, identify evacuation routes and develop household preparedness kits
  • Mitigating against climate disasters by promoting tree planting, sustainable agricultural practices and other activities in areas where deforestation and soil erosion can contribute to landslides and flooding and elevating homes in flood-prone areas
  • Enabling our partners to continue to develop and refine the Disaster Resilience program, training and toolbook
  • Supporting the working group in organizing international workshops to share experiences, best practices and resources
Disaster Resilience
Donate to the Disaster Resilience fund

A preparation plan can save thousands of lives during an emergency. Your donation goes directly to providing essential resources and training for those in disaster-prone areas. Our worldwide partners include disaster risk reduction measures in their ongoing development programming. Help communities prepare and protect themselves—donate today.

Cuba

Description: On September 8th, 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the island of Cuba, causing an estimated $13.2 billion in damage and impacting nearly 2 million people. ...

South Sudan

Description: To address ongoing issues in South Sudan, Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the South Sudanese Development and Relief Agency (S...

Sri Lanka

Description: Case Study: Sri Lanka | Disaster Risk Reduction Episcopal Relief & Development began a partnership with the Geneva-based Ecumenical Church Loan...

Zimbabwe

Description: Episcopal Relief & Development partners with the Anglican Diocese of Matabeleland on sustainable agriculture projects in areas where cyclical d...

The Philippines

Description: Case Study: The Philippines Transforming from Receivers to Givers The Philippines is blessed with abundant natural resources, but because the count...

El Salvador

Description: Salvadorans have endured major hardships over the past 25 years. A decade-long civil war ended in 1992. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch killed hundreds an...

Melanesia (Solomon Islands & Vanuatu)

Description: The Solomon Islands are located in a “ring of fire” — a zone of active volcanoes that makes natural disasters such as earthquakes, cyclones, volcan...

Myanmar [Burma]

Description: About 32 percent of Myanmar’s 50 million population, or 15.8 million people, are living in poverty, according to an assessment of the 2015 Myanmar ...

Burundi

Description: Case Study: Burundi | Sustainable Livelihoods In partnership with the Anglican Church of Burundi, Episcopal Relief & Development supports an in...

Liberia

Description: Episcopal Relief & Development is working with the humanitarian arm of the Episcopal Church of Liberia (ECL- RD) to support agricultural and ec...

Malawi

Description: Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Anglican Council in Malawi to work with trained local volunteers and government health wo...

Sierra Leone

Description: Sierra Leone continues to recover from a decade-long civil conflict that ended in 2002. The war destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure and ...

Tanzania

Description: In order to build climate-resilient communities, Episcopal Relief & Development partners with the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika (ACT) ...

Ghana

Description: Episcopal Relief & Development partners with the Anglican Diocesan Development and Relief Organization (ADDRO), the relief and development arm ...

Mozambique

Description: Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with two dioceses in Mozambique on strategies to address at the community level challenges such as...