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Community Interfaith Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery


The CIC supports the FCIA/Clergy and Leadership Council Interfaith Emergency Planning Committee and the Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps.

Interfaith Emergency Planning Committee

The Interfaith Emergency Planning committee plans and executes interfaith community emergency preparedness, response and recovery communication, training and coordination initiatives. The committee serves as the conduit between the faith community, the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, Department of Health, Department of Family Services, Department of Police, the Fire and Rescue Department, the Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council and the Northern Virginia Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD). Committee members serve on the Northern Virginia VOAD and the Citizen Corps Council.

Interfaith Emergency Planning Committee Objectives

  • Increase houses of worships’ awareness of how they can assist the community during and after an emergency or disaster.
  • Promote and facilitate individual houses of worship’s development of a Continuity of Operation Plan.
  • Promote individual houses of worship’s engagement in activities that facilitate congregants’ emergency preparedness.

Interfaith Emergency Planning Committee Initiatives

Ready...Pack...Go! Toolkit

The Ready, Pack, Go Campaign facilitates faith communities' efforts to prepare its members for times of emergencies. The Campaign provides a web-based "how to" guide on how faith communities can organize an education effort to teach members about the importance of an emergency supply kit and how to prepare a kit. Ready, Pack, Go Campaign web-based resource materials can be easily downloaded for faith community emergency preparedness education efforts.

Download the following resource materials for your faith community's Ready, Pack, Go Campaign to encourage the preparation of individual and family Emergency Supply Kits.

Pandemic Flu Plan

A guide for preparing for a major public health crisis; Ministry & Hope During the Pandemic Influenza.

Visit the Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza facts and prevention.

Faith Community Emergency Alert Network

The Faith Community Emergency Alert Network provides preparation, response and recovery emergency messages to house of worship representatives.  The messages are sent from the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management or the Faith Communities in Action Interfaith Emergency Planning Steering Committee.  Messages are sent by text to cell telephones and/or to e-mail accounts.  To register complete the Faith Community Emergency Alert Network Emergency Disaster Communication Application. Please scan and e-mail to NCSInterfaith@fairfaxcounty.gov or fax to 703-653-1314.

Continuity of Operations Plan for Houses of Worship (COOP)

Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps (FCCC Corps)

The Fairfax County Community Chaplain (FCCC) Corps provides chaplain care to community members impacted by the effects of a disaster or emergency. The FCCC Corps chaplains work as a part of an emergency or disaster team under the directions of the locally designated incident management system and in cooperation with county police and fire and rescue chaplains and mental health personnel. FCCC Corps chaplains may be deployed to Family Assistance Centers (FACs), Emergency Shelters, Site Information Centers (SIC), and other locations set up in a crisis or emergency as directed. FCCC Corps chaplains may accompany Fairfax County police officers on death notifications. Chaplains may also be deployed to homes or locations in the county to provide chaplain services to family and friends at scenes when a sudden death or suicide occurs.

Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps (FCCC Corps) Background & Purpose

While the Police and Fire & Rescue Chaplains will continue to provide chaplain care to first responders and citizens in crisis, when needed, the Fairfax County Community Chaplains will provide chaplain care and support specifically to community members during and after a local emergency or man-made or natural disaster. 

Fairfax Community Chaplains will be deployed to such areas as Family Assistance Centers, Emergency Shelters, and Service Information Centers. Chaplains will work under the direction of emergency responders, Police and Fire & Rescue Chaplains, Department of Family Services and in coordination with mental health and health professionals from the Fairfax County Community Services Board and the Department of Health. Community Chaplains will work within the Uniform Incident Command System. Community Chaplains may be called at any time for a local emergency or disaster; however, each Chaplain will commit to serve as the “On Call Community Chaplain” in a weekly rotation for up to four weeks a year.

Fairfax County Community Chaplains at this time are to be ordained/invested or certified clergy and reside in Fairfax County, Virginia.  Each Community Chaplain candidate is to complete a “Community Chaplain Application” and successfully complete a “Fairfax County Criminal Background Investigation” and Child Protective Services Central Registry Release Investigation. Candidates are required to attend and successfully complete six trainings. Candidates are to participate in Community Chaplain Steering Committee interviews before and after training and be recommended by the Committee for FCCC Corps certification. Upon recommendation of the FCCC Corps Steering Committee and the OEM and NCS support staff the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management will provide candidates with FCCC Corps certification documentation and identification.

Chaplain training includes: A) "FCCC Corps Orientation" and "FCCC Corps Operational Procedures". Both classes are taught by the FCCC Corps Steering Committee and Fairfax County staff and non-profit organization emergency response staff. B) “Assisting Individuals in Crisis” and “Pastoral Crisis Intervention”. Both classes are certification courses and are taught by an International Critical Incident Stress Foundation certified instructor. C) Training includes two on-line courses. The first is “Psychological First Aid”. The second is "National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) 100" . All classes will be required for Community Chaplain Certification.

Chaplain Orientation Powerpoint Presentation Slides

Application Process

The following documents are to be completed and submited to NCS Community Interfaith Coordination. Please scan and submit all of the documents to NCSInterfaith@fairfaxcounty.gov. You can also submit the documents by mail to 12011 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 405C, Fairfax, Va 22035. 

Please follow the links below to obtain a PDF version of those respective materials:

The Fairfax County Appointee Background form and the Child Protective Service Central Registry Release of Information form are to be completed and returned to NCS Community Interfaith Coordination by mail ONLY. These forms can be accessed by clicking on the following links.

The Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps (FCCC Corps) Steering Committee accepts applications throughout the year. At this time the FCCC Corps training classes hasn't been scheduled. Once your application is received the Community Interfaith Coordination Office will notify you of the training dates.

For more information contact the NCS Community Interfaith Coordination Office.


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