Washington State Emergency Management Division

*Cancelled*MGT-405 Mobilizing Faith-Based Community Organizations in Preparing for Disaster

Thursday, June 4, 2020 to Thursday, June 4, 2020

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Course Description


This planning and management-level course trains FBCO representatives, management-level emergency managers, and first responders from rural and small communities to strategically mobilize and engage members of faith-based community organizations, including religious charities, nonprofits such as the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, churches (both affiliated and unaffiliated), temples, synagogues, mosques, and NGOs etc., in a reciprocal approach to disaster planning that is integrated into current local and statewide emergency management efforts.
This course emphasizes grassroots mobilization and coordination efforts as a means of engaging all faith communities, thereby reaching those marginalized communities most vulnerable to disaster, most frequently excluded from the planning process, and ultimately, most difficult to aid in recovery. This course introduces vital emergency management concepts to FBCO leaders, many of whom will have had no prior experience with emergency management and also seeks to educate emergency managers and first responders about the critical role FBCOs can play in strengthening preparedness.

Course Objectives
  • List and describe four types of FBCOs.
  • Describe the uniqueness of FBCOs when compared to secular organizations.
  • List the critical services FBCOs have provided during and after major disasters.
  • Explain the successes and challenges FBCOs experienced during their response to Hurricane Katrina.
  • List and describe five factors that limit FBCOs when providing services during the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Explain why FBCOs should be integrated into local and county-wide emergency operations plans (EOP).
  • List four key issues that must be addressed in order to maximize the effectiveness of FBCOs in preparing communities for disaster.
  • Define the four phases of the disaster management cycle of emergency management.
  • Explain the concepts and terms relevant to emergency management and emergency plans including the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF).
  • Differentiate between the responsibilities of local governments during local disasters and those of the other agencies.
  • Summarize the responsibility of state and federal governments during local disasters.
  • Characterize where the responsibilities of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) fit in with those of the other agencies during local disasters.
  • List the three levels of preparedness.
  • Summarize the role of FBCO leadership in preparing FBCOs for disaster.
  • List the critical elements of a FBCO emergency plan.
  • Analyze necessary elements of their local FBCO in order to complete an emergency preparedness checklist.
  • Explain how to set up a Community Emergency Response Team.
  • Define an emergency operations plan (EOP) according to FEMA's Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101.
  • List and describe five basic types of plans, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA).
  • State the standard process for developing a county plan.
  • State the responsible parties for developing a plan.
  • Describe the components of a typical county emergency plan.
  • Discuss assets that are unique to FBCOs.
  • Examine ways FBCOs can be employed to deal with trust concerns.
  • Identify ways FBCO social networks, community collaborations, and physical assets can be used to fill gaps in EOP plans and planning.
  • Describe the essential elements of a Memorandum of Understanding between an FBCO and emergency management agency.
  • Review an agreement that defines FBCO engagement during a disaster.
  • Create a COAD purpose statement for a new local COAD that engages FBCO members.



IS 100 Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS)

Target Audience
  • Emergency Management
  • Governmental Administrative
  • Citizen/Community Volunteer
  • Other


Skagit County DEM

2911 E. College Way
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

Course Manager

Vicki Fontaine

(360) 416-1860



This class is cancelled.