Stephen Redman, pastor of Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Levasy, Mo., leads a few rounds of trivia about natural disasters at a Disaster Readiness Coordinator training session in Columbia, Mo., on March 28-29. The training was part of an effort to better equip churches and faith-based organizations to respond to disaster.
When a tornado devastated Joplin in spring 2011, South Joplin Christian Church didn’t have a plan.
“The reality is that I remember no conversations where we said, ‘We could do this and this, and be prepared for part of our town being wiped off the map, for our church being damaged, and for many of our families losing their homes and businesses,” said Jill Michel, the church’s pastor. “There were no conversations that started that way.”