Dear Community Leaders in Faith,
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. Such as, Seattle Public Utilities will be on hand to offer free recycling and food waste signage and sticker for bins at faith-based facilities, rebate opportunities and Utility Rate Assistance!
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 FREE FOOD, GIVE-AWAYS, RAFFLES, REBATE OPTIONS and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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!
More information to come.
Community Preparedness Planner
Seattle Office of Emergency Management