Albuquerque Receives National Award for Disaster Resilience
September 13, 2016
Albuquerque, NM – Today, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (FBNP), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Community Preparedness Awards program recognized communities who have successfully engaged their faith-based communities to enhance disaster resilience. Albuquerque was one of five honorees selected to receive this prestigious recognition. Other cities selected include Miami-Dade, FL, Los Angeles City and County, CA, New Orleans, LA, and Lakewood, NJ.
The FBNP works to build bridges between the federal government and both secular and faith-based nonprofit organizations to help serve communities in crisis. In 2010, the Center for FBNP instituted program named the Building Resilience with Diverse Communities (BRDC) as an effort to help local communities implement the concept of “whole community engagement”. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has worked hand-in-hand with communities around the country to help emergency managers, police and fire officials engage with faith and community leaders.
Albuquerque was an early adopter as it began its BRDC effort with the DHS Center in April of 2016. Using the motto “Because We Care, We Prepare,” the Mayor’s Albuquerque Faith Leaders group acted as a champion for the effort. This past July over 150 faith leaders attended a forum hosted the Albuquerque Office of Emergency Management, U.S. Homeland Security/FEMA, and Mayor Richard J. Berry where the attendees learned about the City’s BRDC efforts. Additionally, the City has plans for emergency response team training and volunteers/donations management training. This fall, the City will have its first faith-based tabletop exercise. The effort will address stewardship, partnership and leadership. These trainings and exercises will help to establish a community leadership group called “Communities Organized to Respond to Emergencies” (C.O.R.E.). This leadership group provides immediate support in the emergency operations center in times of disaster and supports sustained community preparedness efforts.
September is National Preparedness Month with a theme of “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today”. For more information visit: https://www.ready.gov/september.