Church of Scientology Disaster Response Nashville Begins Planning for the International Disaster Risk Reduction Day

The Church of Scientology Nashville Disaster Response team is beginning to plan an event around the international day of disaster risk reduction.

Tennessee, US, 18th August 2023, ZEX PR WIRE, The Church of Scientology Nashville will hold a series of meetings with local disaster response organizations and teams to plan an event in the community for disaster risk reduction.

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is an opportunity to acknowledge the progress being made toward preventing and reducing disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods, economies and basic infrastructure in line with the international agreement for reducing global disaster risk and losses, according to The day was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

The Churches of Scientology Disaster Response is part of National and local VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) and its teams are comprised of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers. VOAD is an “association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster,” according to its website. The National VOAD coalition includes more than 100 member organizations, which represent national members, State VOADs, Local/Regional VOADs and hundreds of other member organizations throughout the country.

Whether serving in their communities or on the other side of the world, the motto of the Scientology Volunteer Minister is “Something can be done about it.” The program, created in the mid 1970s by L. Ron Hubbard and sponsored by the Church of Scientology International as a religious social service, constitutes one of the world’s largest and most visible international independent relief forces.

The Volunteer Minister “helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.”

A global network of Volunteer Ministers mobilizes in times of manmade and natural disasters, answering the call wherever needed. Collaborating with some 1,000 organizations and agencies, they have utilized their skill and experience in providing physical support and spiritual aid at hundreds of disaster sites. For more information, visit

The International Disaster Risk Reduction Day event is being planned for mid-October in Nashville, Tennessee, and will see the acknowledgement of local heroes who have stepped up during times of disaster. The event will also raise awareness of disaster prevention and mitigation. For more information or to get involved, email [email protected].

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