Disaster Spiritual Care

 

There is a need for trained and credentialed persons to provide spiritual care services to survivors of disasters in Colorado. Currently, there are multiple groups within the state that provide spiritual care or chaplaincy services, but they often lack accessibility and are not effectively organized. The Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), supported by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) are developing a program to meet this need.

 

They have formed a Disaster Spiritual Care (DSC) committee to guide program development and implementation. Committee members include representatives of various faith-based and nonfaith-based groups including chaplains serving military, law enforcement organizations, and fire departments.

 

This program conforms to the Disaster Spiritual Care Guidelines developed by the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) which provides a framework for developing local disaster spiritual care.

 

Program elements include development of a training curriculum for disaster spiritual care providers and certification and badging using the CDPHE Colorado Volunteer Mobilizer system.

 

For more information contact COVOAD DSC Committee chair Don Falvey at donfalvey@yahoo.com.