The Ins and Outs of Church Inventories

Submitted by Jan Thames As much as we would like to think that it will never happen, every parish has the potential of a devastating natural or man-made disaster: a tornado, flood, fire, earthquake, and ice or snow storm, bombing or shooting. While we can only minimally prevent them, we can prepare for them. If disaster strikes, is your church … Read More

After the Storm

Submitted by Diane Brownlee, AR Episcopal Disaster Relief Team Committee. Email her at On Sunday, April 27, 2014, with the appearance of another tornado following a path seemingly established three years prior, residents of central Arkansas searched for ways to facilitate resource distribution for the inhabitants in Conway, Mayflower and Vilonia, Pulaski County, and outlying rural areas. Following the … Read More

National Disaster Preparedness Month

A report from Katie Mears, director of ERD’s Disaster Preparedness and Response Disaster Preparedness Training Katie Mears will be the special guest trainer at a training event hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas and Arkansas Episcopal Disaster Relief Team. The training will be Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., at St. Luke’s, North Little Rock. Email Ginger Bankston Bailey, … Read More

Thank You from the Arkansas Episcopal Disaster Relief Team

Thank you for providing financial support for storm victims by donating to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund and to the many volunteers that have assisted with the following: Arkansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ARVOAD) “One Stop Shops” (Vilonia and Mayflower Wal-Mart gift card distribution). Walk-about Teams: Distribution of Wal-Mart gift cards to storm victims. Rice Depot food collections. Disaster relief … Read More

Relief Update – May 1

A Message from Bishop Benfield Relief efforts continue for the victims of this past Sunday’s tornado, which did significant damage not only in Vilonia and Mayflower but also in many smaller communities that were in its path. The response of Episcopalians has been gratifying. Ginger Bailey of the Disaster Relief Team continues to coordinate our official efforts, and a large … Read More

Disaster Relief Update

A Message from Bishop Benfield The assistance to help victims of Sunday’s tornadoes continues. Here is some of the latest news. Ginger Bailey, our diocesan disaster relief coordinator, reports that the Rice Depot needs volunteers to help assemble emergency food kits. The Rice Depot also needs churches that will serve as drop-off sites for donations. Email Brandi Johnson at Rice … Read More

The Tornado on Sunday Evening

A Message from Bishop Benfield I want to report on the reports that we have concerning the tornado that went through central Arkansas last night and the help that might be needed. Ginger Bailey, a coordinator of our Disaster Relief Team, is heading up Arkansas’s Episcopal Church’s response to the tornado. She has already been working to coordinate our response. … Read More

Vilonia Tornado Response

As many of you have heard, tornadoes that tore through Arkansas and Oklahoma last night killed at least 17 people, with 16 of those deaths occurring in Arkansas, according to Reuters news service. The Arkansas communities of Vilonia and Mayflower, just east of Conway, were two of the hardest hit. The Diocese of Arkansas is working closely with our Disaster … Read More

After the Storm: an interview with the Rev. Scott Walters

Episcopalians from across the state, including several members of Christ Church, Little Rock, assisted in the clean-up after a tornado struck Vilonia, Ark., in 2011. The Rev. Scott Walters was one of those. Watch an interview with him above.

Preparedness Guides for Congregations and Parishes

ERD – Preparedness Guide for Congregations and Parishes – Bronze Version [PDF] ERD – Preparedness Planning Guide for Parishes and Congregations – Silver Level [PDF] ERD Preparedness Planning Guide for Parishes and Congregations – Comprehensive Version [PDF] ERD – Preparedness Planning Guide for Parishes and Congregations – Facilitators Guide [PDF]