With wildfire season upon us and the threat of significant earthquake activity always top of mind, 137 houses of worship and community based organizations took a very important first step to bring preparedness education to their communities. The weekend long affair, held in June, had one purpose: to encourage faith based communities to plan for emergencies and disasters.
The American Red Cross partnered with the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management to participate in the inaugural “Pledge to Prepare” campaign, where each of the organizations hosted disaster preparedness activities. Participants were able to choose from “Get Informed,” “Get Prepared,” “Get Connected” and “Get Active”, and become actively engaged to bring them one step closer to preparedness.
The participants, depending on their section, were encouraged to register for “Alert LA County,” an emergency mass text message, phone and email alert system and to fill out emergency cards. They could also create emergency kits and disaster plans, learn how to use social media and were encouraged to host American Red Cross preparedness activities.
The “Pledge to Prepare” team included the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, and other organizations.
According to the LA County Office of Emergency Management, “Pledge to Prepare,” provided them with opportunities to reach additional residents of the region who may not have had such a focused opportunity to learn about preparedness.