Military One Source provides a great list of websites and resources for preparing for disasters, supporting families, popular resources and what to do after a disaster.
Military One Source-Disaster Resources

Ready Wisconsin is a website for families to develop plans to be prepared and ready for natural disasters. It also provides a helpful kit that should be put together to be ready for anything.
Ready Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Health Services also provides a list of things to be aware of in the event of a natural disaster and a many helpful suggestions for families, elderly citizens and children.
DHS-What You Can Do

This is a very in depth and helpful plan specifically designed for churches to plan for a disaster and know your responsibilities.
Creating a Church Plan for a Disaster

WEM efforts are coordinated with local, state, tribal and federal agencies, as well as volunteer and private sector partners.
Wisconsin Emergency Management

What other churches do for their military members:

  • Military welcome packets
  • Adopting a military family during Christmas time
  • Prayer Cards
  • Military Wives small group
  • Jump car batteries
  • Military Appreciation Days
  • Yellow Ribbons hung in the church for deployed members

Faith-based organizations can choose what services they would like to provide. These are merely examples. 

Other Resources

Life Way gives a great summary of what a church can do to help military families in both big and small ways.
Lifeway-How Churches Can Help

Here is a very in depth educational manual developed by a previous Army Chief of Chaplains on the emotional cycles of deployment, illnesses, programs in place already, and how clergy can serve the military.
Ministering to Families Affected by Military Deployment offers a document with numerous helpful examples and ideas of programs to engage the military service members in your congregation.
Care for the Troops-Program Ideas

Here is an example of a service to honor, recognize and comfort military members and their families.
Military Mass of Appreciation

What Other Churches are Doing

Latter-Day Saints offer ideas and resources to help serve military members and their families.
Latter-Day Saints Website

Knights of Columbus provide a dinner in appreciation of military members and veterans.
Knights of Columbus

Operation We Are Here gives testimonials or what churches around the country do to support their military families.
Operation We Are Here


Cru Ministry offers Veterans Day Bulletin as well as optional script for a Pastor. They have resources you can use to engage military in your midst in their E-kit.
Cru Ministry-Veterans Day Video and Bulletin

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod offers several bulletin inserts designed to help raise donations for disaster relief.
LCMS-Disaster Relief Bulletin

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod also offers multiple bulletins for Armed Forces Sunday.
LCMS-Armed Forces Sunday

The Minneapolis Synod (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) gives many suggestions and tools for congregation service for Veterans/ Armistice Sunday.

Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge give a great poem insert for bulletins observing Memorial Day.
Memorial Day Poem Insert

Armed Forces Sunday Bulletin Insert
Memorial Day Bulletin Insert
Memorial Day and Armed Forces Sunday Inserts
Caring for Chaplains and Military Personnel Insert

Reading List

This is taken from the Army Chief of Chaplain’s manual for ministering to families affected by military deployment.

Adsit, Chris - the Combat Trauma Healing Manual
Canfield, Jack - Chicken Soup for the Military Wife's Soul
Lester, Andrew D. - Anger Discovering Your Spiritual Ally
Maslach, Christina - Burnout: The Cost of Caring
Matasakis, Aphrodite PhD - In Harm's Way: Helpfor the Wives of Military Men, Police, EMTs and Firefighters
Rothchild, Babette - Help for the Helper: Self-care Strategies for Managing Burnout and Stress
Skoholt, Thomas M. - The Resilient Practitioner: Burnout Prevention and Self-Care Strategies for Counselors, Therapists, Teachers, and Health Professionals
Steen, Joanne - Military Widow: A Survival Guide
Westberg, Granger E. - Good Grief
Yancey, Philip - Where is God When It Hurts? A Comforting, Healing Guide for Coping with Hard Times

Henderson, Kristin - While They're at War: The True Story of America's Families on the Homefront
Newman, George - 101 Ways to be a Long Distance Super Dad or Mom, Too!
Raddatz, Martha - the Long Road Home: A Story of War & Family
Vandevoorde, Shellie - Separated by Duty, United by Love

Covey, Sean - The 6 Most Important Decisions You Will Ever Make
Feguson-Cohen - Daddy, You're My Hero
Feguson-Cohen, Michelle - Mommy, You're My Hero
Kay, Ellie - Heroes at Home: Help and Hope for America's Military Families
Pavlicin, Karen - Surviving Deployment: A Guide for Military Families
Phelan, Thomas W. - 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12
Sherman, Michelle - Finding My Way: A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has Experienced Trauma
Vandesteeg, Carol - When Duty Calls: A Guide to Equip Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Personnel and their Loved Ones for Military Separations

Mental Health
Armstrong, Keith - Courage After Fire
Cantrell & Dean, Bridget C. & Chuck - Down Range: To Iraq and Back
DeLong & Berg, Peter & Insoo Kim - Interviewing for Solutions
Herman, Judith Lewis - Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror
Johnson, Susan - Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors: Strengthening Attachment Bonds
Matsakis, Aphrodite - Back from the Front: Combat Trauma, Love, and the Family
Tick, Edward - War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation's Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Belknap & Marty, Margaret F. & Michael - Armed Forces Guide to Personal Financial Planning, 6th Edition
Covey, Stephen–The Eighth Habit