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
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.
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 Renice.Holman2@fairfaxcounty.gov or fax to 703-653-1314.
- A faith community development guide for a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP)
- A faith community online Preparedness Planner - ReadyNOVA
Fairfax County is in search of ordained clergy interested in participating on the Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps to provide pastoral services to those impacted by the effects of a disaster or emergency. If you are interested in becoming part of the Community Chaplain Corps, please email Renice.Holman2@fairfaxcounty.gov.
All applicants are required to be ordained clergy and reside in Fairfax County.
FCCC Corps Application Process
Applicants must complete and return the following documents to the NCS Community Interfaith Coordination Office , 12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 408, Fairfax, VA 22035:
- Fairfax County Community Chaplain Application
- Community Chaplain Program Candidate Requirements
- Community Chaplain Program Ethics and Guiding Principles
- Community Chaplain Program Candidate Commitment
- Release of Information
- Photo Release
- NCS Volunteer Application
- NCS Volunteer Agreement
- Fairfax County Appointee Background
- Child Protective Service Central Registry Release of Information
The Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps (FCCC Corps) Steering Committee accepts applications throughout the year. Once your application is received the Community Interfaith Coordination Office will notify you of the training dates.
FCCC Corps Training
All FCCC Corps candidates must attend and successfully complete five required training courses and participate in Community Chaplain Steering Committee interviews before and after training to be recommended to receive the FCCC Corps Certification.Chaplain training includes classroom and online training covering the following topics:
- FCCC Corps Orientation
- Disaster Chaplaincy (2-day course)
- Deployment Sites & Procedures
- Risk Management & Disaster Operations
- Individual Deployment: Suicide & Sudden Deaths
- Psychological First Aid (online course)*
- Introduction to Incident Command Systems - IS-100b (online course)*
*Online training course information will be provided upon approval of your application.
Once complete and recommended by the FCCC Corps Steering Committee, candidates will be presented with documentation of certification and proper identification from the Office of Emergency Management.
FCCC Corps Background
The FCCC Corps is comprised of ordained clergy and faith leaders from various religions throughout the county. These individuals work as part of an emergency or disaster team under the direction of an incident commander, and in cooperation with the county’s public safety agency chaplains and mental health professionals, to provide chaplain care and support to community members during and after an emergency or disaster.
During an emergency or crisis, FCCC Corps chaplains may be called upon to provide services at Emergency Shelters, Family Assistance Centers, Site Information Centers and other locations as needed. Chaplains may also be deployed with Fairfax County police officers on death notifications or to family and friends at scenes when a sudden death or suicide occurs. Each FCCC Corps chaplain also commits to serve as the “On Call Community Chaplain” in a weekly rotation for up to four weeks a year.
For more information about the FCCC Corps, please contact the NCS Community Interfaith Coordination Office by email at NCSInterfaith@fairfaxcounty.gov, or by calling 703-324-3453, TTY 711.