Seattle OEM invites faith-based communities to discuss preparedness

The Seattle Office of Emergency Management has asked us to help spread the word about a series of discussions they are hosting about emergency preparedness with Faith-based organizations and communities.

The first of these meetings will be in West Seattle on Wednesday, April 10th. Following is an overview from the email we received; you’ll find additional details if you click the registration link.

As major natural disasters continue to occur worldwide (Hurricane Sandy, the Russian Meteor explosion, the Chilean earthquake, etc) the level of interest in emergency preparedness in our region continues to grow.  The greater Puget Sound area is at risk for earthquakes that are similar in magnitude and devastation to the March 11th earthquake that occurred off the Japanese coast.  When our area experiences a similar earthquake the success of our response and recovery will heavily depend on the resilience and self sufficiency of our community.

Faith-based organizations have played a critical role in responding to disasters big and small. Community members look to these institutions for information, resource services and spiritual guidance in the event of a major disaster.  That is why we hope you will accept this invitation to join us  at one of our forums in a discussion on ways we can build true partnerships that will serve as the foundation for our response and recovery to disasters.  The program will feature videos of community resiliency and inter-faith collaboration, Conversation Café style discussions and resources.

  • Wednesday, April 10th from 8:30-11:30am At Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106)
  • Tuesday, April 16th from 6pm-8:50pm at Yesler Community Center
  • Saturday, April 20th from 8:30-11:30am at Northgate Community Center
  • Wednesday, April 24th from 8:30am-12:30pm (live performance by the Interfaith Amigos) at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center

We will also have options for further training, engagement and ways of stay connected.

Register Now: http://seattlefaithbasedforums.eventbrite.com/

We know there is little we can do to prevent a disaster from occurring, but there is much we can do to reduce the impact on our community and influence the length of our recovery.  I sincerely hope you will choose to attend this free program.

Please respond by registering online (link above) or via e-mail to tracy.connelly@seattle.gov. Please include your phone number and email address in your reply.

Please let us know if interpretation or other accommodations are needed, we want you with us!

Lastly, below you’ll find a printable flyer about the event — in English and in several other languages.

Faith-based-OEM-meetings-2013

Here are .pdf versions of the flyers in English and several other languages:

April 10th Flyer – English

April 10 Flyer – Chinese

April 10 Flyer – Somali

April 10 Flyer – Spanish

April 10th Flyer – Tagalog

April 10 Flyer – Vietnamese

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