Be Disaster Aware: Faith Based, Non-Profit, and Community Organizations

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National Preparedness Month

September 12, 2014

The National Preparedness Community
#NatlPrep for Faith Based, Community and Non-Profit Organizations. Be Disaster Aware. Take Action to Prepare

What would happen if the next big tornado struck the day of your worship service or community event?  Would your organization know what to do? Religious and Community leaders are among the first and most trusted sources of risk-communication and crisis leadership not only within their organization, but in the neighborhoods and communities where they serve, they have a central role when disasters strike. 


We are encouraging religious and community leaders to include disaster readiness information in their organizations bulletins, website, or speak on the importance of disaster readiness bringing the congregation’s attention to the importance of disaster preparedness.


One example of a faith community taking action is Crenshaw Christian Church, who is hosting their 2nd annual Preparedness Sunday on September 14, 2014. Activities include kicking off their new Youth Preparedness initiative alongside the City of Los Angeles, American Red Cross and the DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships.


Do you want to inform your congregation and/or organization on disaster readiness and teach your house of worship the importance of being ready if a natural or man-made disaster strikes? Check out the Faith Based Community of Practice and Community Based Community of Practice for tons of great resources to aid you in increasing preparedness in your organization or to share how you are taking action this September.


 Faith Based #NatlPrep Events Around Country

For National Preparedness Month there's tons of amazing preparedness events happening. Check out just a few here and then head over to the National Preparedness Community Events Calendar to see even more amazing events happening in your community!

September 14: Crenshaw Christian Center's 2nd Annual Preparedness Sunday in Los Angeles. NAC chair James Featherstone will speak at their 2nd annual Preparedness Sunday and they will kick off their new Youth Preparedness initiative with help from FEMA Region IX and the faith liaison from the American Red Cross, LA Region.


September 16-30: September House of Worship Workshops, being conducted by the DHS Center (led by Rev. David Myers). Here are the various dates and locations:

·       Seattle, WA (Sept 16)

·       Los Angeles, CA (Sept 18)

·       Houston, TX (Sept 23)

·       Washington, DC (Sept 30)

September 25-26 DHS Center Director Rev. David Myers will participate in the Miami-Dade Communities Organized to Respond in Emergencies’ Special Recognition Ceremony for faith-based and community groups who have affiliated with the county emergency management as part of the DHS Center’s larger Building Resilience with Diverse Communities effort.

Emergency Kit: The Hunt is On    


Who’s ready for some adventure? Next week the focus for National Preparedness Month will be “How to…Build an Emergency Kit.”  Participate in  America’s PrepareAthon! and’s scavenger hunt to find items that should be in your emergency kit.


The scavenger hunt will be conducted September 15-19 via Twitter using #BuildaKit. The handles @PrepareAthon and @Readygov will provide clues four times a day (10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM and 4 PM). As clues are given, you will be challenged to answer with a picture of the emergency kit item. Be sure to study the basic disaster supply kit list at Answers will be revealed an hour after a clue is provided by two very familiar “flat” friends.

  • Date:  September 15 – 19, 2014
  • Time: 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Participate: On Twitter by following #BuildaKit as @PrepareAthon and @Readygov give clues

We encourage you to participate as well as spread the word about this scavenger hunt. While this is not a contest, it is a great way to help promote the importance of building a kit in your social media circles. Building a kit is a simple and low-cost action to take part in for America’s PrepareAthon! Don’t forget to register for the National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30. 


National Preparedness Month 2014 Report Back Survey


Did you plan an event for National Preparedness Month? Take 10 minutes to share information about your event and the impact it had in your community. Your answers will help us share your stories and highlight your accomplishments on the National Preparedness Community and other online channels.


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