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August Think Tank: Faith-based and Community Organizations


Disasters can strike at anytime, anywhere, and can have a devastating impact.  Often the first on the scene to reach out to survivors and assist first responders are members of local faith-based and community organizations who are friends and neighbors. 

This will be the theme of this month’s Think Tank held in Bennington, VT.  Hosted by FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino, the Think Tank’s discussion will focus on faith-based organizations’ role in advancing the Whole Community approach in working with Emergency Managers.

Callers from around the nation will be able to discuss a variety of related issues with a panel of subject matter experts, including the following topics:

  • Working with faith-based and community organizations during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
    • A discussion of faith-based and community organizations’ best practices resulting from Hurricane Irene.
  • Creating mutual beneficial partnerships between diverse faith-based, community organizations and emergency managers.
    • A discussion of how emergency managers can develop and maintain partnerships with diverse faith-based and community organizations.
  • Discussing steps emergency managers, faith-based and community organizations can take to enhance existing partnerships.
    • A discussion of how faith-based, community organizations and emergency managers can enhance communication and access to information for long term recovery programs.

There’s still time before the call to submit any ideas you may have or comment on existing ideas regarding issues in emergency management. Visit our online collaboration tool, and share your thoughts under the “Think Tank” topic. It’s that easy.

I hope you can join the conversation over the phone and online. Here are the call-in details:

WHAT: FEMA Think Tank
WHEN: Friday, August 17, 2012; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (EDT)
WHERE: Bennington, Vermont
Call In: 888-469-1565 Passcode: Think Tank
Captioning: Individuals who would like to access the captioning for this event may do so by following this link.

After you add this to your calendar, please share with your friends and colleagues.

Please visit the Think Tank Online Forum and share your innovative ideas on how the role of faith-based and community organizations can advance the whole of community approach in emergency management.

Last Updated: 
08/14/2012 - 13:39

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