Disaster Preparedness Resources are available from Diocesan, Federal, State and Church Insurance organizations. In order to assist parishes in preparing for disasters we have gathered the following resources:
The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina Parish Disaster Guidelines
Church Insurance Claims Contact Information
Disasters – General
Parish Inventory Form
Disasters – Hurricane Related
Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. This means it is important for your congregation to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. The first step is to have an emergency preparedness team which includes the Rector, the Senior Warden, the Junior Warden, the Parish Administrator and other property-minded parishioners.
Stephen Haynsworth, a member of St. John’s Parish Church on Johns Island, has accepted a call from Bishop Mark Lawrence to serve as the Diocesan Disaster Preparedness and Relief Coordinator. Haynsworth, son of the late Bishop Ed Haynsworth, recently retired from BOSCH after having served for 25 years in their safety department, where he oversaw their emergency response systems.
Haynsworth and his wife, Cindy, have three daughters and one grandson. Haynsworth looks forward to working with Diocesan churches to improve their ability to prepare for and respond to disasters. “I’m hoping to provide resources which will make it easier for them to prepare for various disasters,” he said.
We will notify churches as the resources become available on the Diocesan website.
When we caught up to Haynsworth, the morning of September 19, 2018, he was preparing to head to New Bern, North Carolina, with a team from St. Andrew’s Church, Mt. Pleasant, where they would assess the situation and begin to coordinate appropriate and helpful responses to those suffering from the floods from Hurricane Florence.
Once they have assessed the needs, they will send out a call for Diocesan help and supplies.
Visit the South Carolina Emergency Management Division website for helpful updates, resources, locations of shelters, reports on closings and delays, etc.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division leads the state emergency management program by supporting local authorities to minimize the loss of life and property from all-hazard events.