The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is sending two preparedness experts, Elaine Howard and Michael Wong, to serve as fellows at the Global Disaster Preparedness Center in Washington D.C. for two weeks in February.
Community Preparedness Manager Elaine and Asian Community Preparedness Manager Michael will be meeting with representatives from Red Cross/Red Crescent societies across the world to share their experiences of urban preparedness strategies.
“This is a huge honor and a testament to the national impact our region has made in the preparedness realm,” Michael said.
Elaine added: “I am incredibly excited about this opportunity. Hopefully I can bring back some best practices that have worked well in other metropolitan areas and pilot them in the San Francisco Bay Area.”
The Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) Fellowship Program promotes effective cross learning among disaster preparedness professionals within the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement.
A fellowship is awarded to preparedness professionals within the Red Cross and Red Crescent who have “demonstrated innovative and exciting ways to engage their communities in preparedness activities,” according to the program’s directors.
During the conference, which will take place February 3 to February 14 at the American Red Cross National Headquarters Global Disaster Preparedness Center, Michael and Elaine will join other fellows in workshops and strategy meetings on disaster preparedness. The conference will influence best practice in community preparedness at Red Cross chapters around the world.