MOBILIZING THE CLERGY
A sign of the times — and a clear-eyed, viable idea from Johns Hopkins University emergency preparedness and response experts, who have led pastors, ministers and other clergy in disaster readiness training in three cities, capping off the outreach in the nation’s capital on Tuesday. They specialize in schooling folks of faith who also have a calling to be spiritual boots-on-the-ground during a terrorist attack, mass shooting, natural disaster or other unexpected calamity.
“In many communities, churches, synagogues, temples and other houses of worship are the very first places people turn to in a disaster for help and just the comfort of someone to tell them everything will be OK,” says Dr. Tom Kirsch, project leader and an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is confident that his state can handle the challenges posed by the first case of Ebola on U.S. soil.