Disaster Response

Disaster Preparedness and Response Subcommittee

A disaster affects the entire fabric of community that existed prior to the event and can cause traumatic stress among the whole community.  Disaster recovery is in large part the rebuilding of community, the re-tying of the thousands of strands of relationship in the fabric of our being together that have been severed by the disaster.”

Rev. John A. Robinson, Former Associate for Domestic Response, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Our Purpose:

The reason why we exist is to assist the presbytery and the congregations to prepare for and respond to disasters within the bounds of Arkansas Presbytery. A disaster is an event that overwhelms a community’s capacity to respond.


Whenever a disaster occurs in your church or community, please contact one of  the DPRS members for your region, as follows:


Region 1 (Northwest AR)

Kaleb Smith – (479) 659-2371
Ray Stephens – (501) 249-4185


Region 2 – (Southwest AR)


Rev. Courtney Bacon-Latina (918) 460-5284
Gail Murdoch – (479) 970-4409


Region 3 – (South Central AR)


Liz Branch – (501) 944-9743
Curtis Wright – (501) 620-3337


Region 4 – (Northeast and East Central AR)


Doug Forsman – (501) 757-0099
Scott Howard – (501) 362-3222
Janet Thomas – (870) 613-4791
Patty Minga – (870) 530-4576

Pre-Disaster Checklist for Churches

This checklist is intended to help you help your congregation toward being as prepared as you can be.  It is long and detailed, and you will want to rework it to make it your own. People and Property are your two top priorities. Consider both as you make your plan. Recognize that preparation should never cease and that after an event, you have the opportunity to continue preparing and mitigating before “the next big one.”

How You Can Help

Donate to:

Disaster Response
Presbytery of Arkansas
9221 N. Rodney Parham Rd.
Little Rock, AR 72211

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)
c/o Presbytery of Arkansas
9221 N. Rodney Parham Rd.
Little Rock, AR 72211

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Individual Remittance Processing
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700



Other Useful Resources

Church World Service Resources – https://cwsglobal.org

Health (Arkansas Department of Health website) – https://www.healthyarkansas.com

Emergency Preparedness and Response (Centers for Disease Control website) – https://emergency.cdc.gov

Ready.gov (FEMA Website) – https://www.ready.gov


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