The Great Plains Conference responds to disasters — from floods to tornados to fires and everything in between. 


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The Great Plains Conference has a Conference Disaster Response Plan for responding to disasters within the geographic bounds of the states of Kansas and Nebraska. Every local congregation also is encouraged to develop a Local Church Disaster Response Plan for local emergencies.

Learn more in the Disaster Response section of our website.

Manuals and Handbooks

Download these materials to help in times of disaster:

Disaster Preparation Kit

In a pest free container, store the following:

  • Water for 3-5 days (one gallon per person per day).  Replace water every 3 months.
  • Non-perishable foods for 3-5 days, including pet food if applicable.  Replace every 6 months.
  • Manual can opener.
  • Flashlights with extra batteries.
  • Extra pair of glasses or contact lenses (and cleaning solution).
  • Battery operated radio or TV with extra batteries.
  • Prescription drugs that are used regularly.  A picture of your medication bottles would also be great to have.
  • First aid kit.
  • Extra set of car and house keys.
  • One blanket or sleeping bag per person.
  • Information (style, serial number, etc.) from critical medical devices (C-Pap, pacemaker, etc.)
  • Small amount of cash.
  • Children’s toys, games, books, pictures, etc.
  • Extra battery and cords for cell phones.
  • Sanitation supplies.
  • At least one change of clothing and footwear per person.
  • Pet supplies (food, water, bowl, leash, collar, etc.)
  • Written inventory of valuable possessions.
  • Insurance policy numbers and company phone numbers.
  • Copies of other important family or home documents and contact list.
  • Copies of important legal documents – deeds, wills, birth certificates, immunization records, first two pages of prior two year’s tax returns, etc.

Download guidelines for preparing for a disaster

Ways to help

Training Opportunities

Contact the Rev. Hollie Tapley for more information and to schedule training on the following subjects:

Connecting Neighbors — This is a training to inspire congregations and communities to be better able to minimize disaster – caused harm to people and property and to respond to our neighbors in helpful, cooperative, loving ways.

Basic Disaster Response 101 — This is an informal session for anyone desiring to work in the long-term recovery phase of disaster response. Teams will be called upon by the conference disaster response coordinator through regional or district coordinators.

Early Response — Train on how to help people and communities immediately after a disaster strikes. 

Spiritual & Emotional Care — While some people need medical care to heal physical injuries after a disaster, many more need spiritual and emotional assistance after a crisis. 

Active Shooter — Plan as best as possible to prevent an active-shooter scenario in your church, and learn how to respond should such a situation arise. 

Children & Youth After a Disaster — Learn what to look for and how to respond after children and/or youth have experienced a disaster.

Family Disaster Planning — Find tools to help families design and make their own preparations for a disaster.