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Emergency Planning

Our Prepare / Respond / Serve Program

Flooding, utility outages, the flu, an earthquake… we all know that having an emergency plan is a good thing. Emergency planning also helps your organization prepare for sudden staff changes, funding ups and downs, and everyday disruptions. But most nonprofits don't have a plan or have just a half-completed plan. What is standing in our way?

Lack of time. Emergency plans take time to prepare.

Prepare / Respond / Serve (PRS) removes that barrier by providing consultants who arrange and facilitate planning meetings, take notes, write a plan, help you prepare a Go-Kit with critical emergency information and supplies, and get you to the finish line.

How It Works

PRS begins with an assessment that measures 46 aspects of emergency preparedness. After the assessment is completed, your consultant will use the PRS Guide, a comprehensive nonprofit version of the guide FEMA prepared for businesses, to walk you through the planning process. For most projects, consultants provide 40 - 80 hours of assistance - that's time that your staff members and volunteers will be able to spend working on programs instead of managing a planning process.


Emergency plans are just as important as the insurance we buy to help us recover when something bad happens. Recent disasters have demonstrated that nonprofits without a plan often have to close their doors because an emergency has overwhelmed the organization. You can see the impact of planning below in the pre- and post-assessment scores of 16 organizations funded by United Way that completed the PRS program. Recently the program has also benefited 18 low income housing projects.

PRS Impact Chart