Religious organizations have often been tapped for support after natural disasters; and following Hurricane Harvey, they are increasingly in the public eye and judged for their ability to respond quickly. Expert panelists at this event will address how faith communities have assisted with continued Harvey recovery efforts as well as how they are preparing for future disasters. Framed by relevant social science research on disasters and religion, this will be a conversation on preparing for and executing disaster relief through the lens of faith.
Panelists: Alexander Johnson, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church; Afshi Charania Merchant, Aga Khan Council for Southwestern United States; Paula Pipes, Pipes Research and Consulting; and Jason Plotkin, Congregation Emanu El.
Moderator: Elaine Howard Ecklund, Rice University.