FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pastor Rhea Posey, Executive Director – Joseph’s Network
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Sherry Nicholson, Communication Director, American Red Cross of Georgia
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Multi-Faith Groups to Join Emergency Agencies for “Diversity in Disaster” Preparedness Summit
Registration still open for FREE, Oct. 29th event in DeKalb Co.
Media Opportunity: Program will open with a Bhutanese Traditional Songs performance sponsored by the Hindu Buddhist Spiritual Temple of Clarkston. Representatives from presenting organizations/agencies will be available for interview between 8am – 12pm.
ATLANTA, GA: (October 27, 2015) - A FREE Diversity in Disaster preparedness summit for the leaders of faith-based and civic organizations and diverse communities will be hosted in DeKalb County by the American Red Cross, Joseph’s Network, DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency and partner organizations and agencies on October 29th. This all-day event encourages leaders to network among diverse and multi-denominational faith and civic groups, establish relationships with disaster response agencies, and learn how to be an involved community partner in times of disaster. Special presenters include:
• Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) – Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth,
• American Red Cross of Georgia – Terri Badour Duckett, CEO
• DeKalb Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) – Sue Loefler, Chief
• DeKalb County Board of Health - Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford, District Health Director
• Interfaith Speakers Network & Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta - Noor Abbady & Valerie Morvan
Following an opening ceremony featuring traditional Bhutanese Song and welcome remarks from emergency program leaders, participants will enjoy an interfaith panel with representatives from the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam, Jewish and Sikh faith communities. Presentations from disaster and emergency experts, including a lunch panel on cultural diversity and a session on handling an active shooter incident complete the afternoon program.
Those interested in learning more about Diversity in Disaster are encouraged to register. A limited number of spaces are still available:
Join leaders from diverse faith and civic communities to learn how to:
• Respond to an active shooter incident
• Better prepare your congregation for disasters
• Understand the roles of emergency response agencies
• Involve your faith community in disaster relief efforts
• Enroll in FREE Red Cross preparedness and response training
• Be part of a readiness network for faith-based leaders
Thursday, October 29, 2015
9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 8:30 am)
Stronghold Christian Church, 724 Rock Chapel Road, Lithonia, GA 30058
REGISTRATION / EVENT INFORMATION:
The Joseph’s Network is a non-profit organization comprised of faith-based organizations and its members, community, and business organizations working together in a time of disaster. This disaster relief network is designed to help churches and its church members be prepared and positioned to help when a disaster hits their community, and to be prepared to assist other organizations when disaster strikes.
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.