At The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, we are taking Emergency Preparedness seriously and feel that the church can be a helpful resource for the community and its members. We encourage everyone to follow the steps listed below so they can be prepared in case a disaster strikes. The Disaster Response section that follows outlines the church’s plans to respond in case of a disaster.
STEP 1: Prepare your home and family. Information is available from the American Red Cross
STEP 2: Sign up to receive Emergency Alerts for your community. In most communities, you can choose to receive alerts via email, text message and/or phone call to your home or mobile number. Visit your local municipality’s website and look for the indicated link.
Chatham Township – Everbridge
Chatham Borough – “AlertChathamBorough”
Madison – “How do I… See Latest Nixle Posts”
Florham Park – “Stay Connected with the Florham Park Police…” (scroll down to find)
Summit – CODE RED and Nixle
New Providence – CODE RED
Berkeley Heights – N/A
Long Hill Township – Citizen Alerts
STEP 3: Connect with our PCCT community.
- Provide emergency contact information including cell phone number to your Deacon and/or the church office. This information will be kept confidential and not be entered into the church directory.
- Sign up to receive a wellness check following a disaster. Please note: these are not intended to be emergency response calls. Anyone in crisis or facing an emergency should call 911.
- PCCT members and friends are invited to join our Disaster Response Group on Facebook. This group’s page will allow members to securely share information about resources they are able to provide for others, such as access to power, a place to do laundry, etc. in the aftermath of a disaster.
- Like our Facebook page while you’re there!
- Sign up to be included in a pool of potential disaster response volunteers. Depending on their personal circumstances after a disaster, volunteers may be asked to help call on vulnerable church members, facilitate congregational communication efforts and/or develop plans to use the church as a warming/charging center.
In the event of a major disaster, PCCT is prepared to offer the following:
If we have notice of severe weather, we will contact members asking for updated information and reminding everyone of ways to connect to PCCT in advance of the storm (see STEP 3 above).
After a disaster, a group of volunteers will be conducting non-emergency wellness checks on members and on our church. Please let the church office know if you would like to be a part of this effort.
If the church building has power, we hope to make it available as a warming center and place to charge cell phones, etc.
As our infrastructure and abilities permit, we will be providing regular updates on the home page of this website and our Facebook page.
We are also looking into the possibility of sending group texts to inform people about the state of the church and whether services and/or meetings will be held.
If all else fails, look for a sign in front of the church!