23. Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster

In addition to your ARES affiliation, are you a member of any religious organization that includes a disaster response component?  Many religions do respond, although not all members who belong to one of those religious organizations are aware of it.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute has produced an online course to educate emergency managers and the general public about this interface between disasters and religions.  IS-505, Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster was recently released and is now available.

Anyone with a FEMA Student Identification Number, or SID, can complete this course.  SID numbers are free at the following secure web page:  https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid .  And IS-505 is available at no charge at: http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp .