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Mayor Recruits Faith Leaders to Take the Lead for Emergency Preparedness

Faith leaders will instruct their respective congregations on what to do in the event of an emergency

July 22, 2016

Albuquerque- Mayor Richard Berry and Office of Emergency Management Director Roger Ebner joined the U.S Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership (The DHS Center), a Center of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership’s Director Rev. David L. Myers in launching "Are You Ready: Preparing to Respond, Preparing to Recover". "Are You Ready" will promote emergency preparedness activities with local Houses of Worship across the city. The DHS Center was established by President George W. Bush in 2005 to prepare houses of worship against all hazards and has continued under President Barack Obama.

"We are honored to be partnering with houses of worship and local community organizations to encourage residents to prepare for any type of disaster that may impact our City," said Mayor Berry. "Reaching people where they are, in places and with people they trust will be an invaluable addition to our efforts to promote a lifestyle of preparedness."

The faith community will hear about preparing congregations against all hazards. One of the goals of the initiative is for them to Prepare, Plan and Be Involved.

"Faith leaders will gain valuable preparedness information for their houses of worship and have the opportunity to partner with the Office of Emergency Management in disaster response and recovery", said Director Roger Ebner. "Faith-based partners are an important part of the whole community, and it is our hope that "Are You Ready" reaches and engages these partners in effective and lasting ways."

"Albuquerque is one of only six jurisdictions in the nation to collaborate with the DHS Center on Building Resilience with Diverse Communities," said Director Myers. The focus is to build community resilience through awareness, education and training. We encourage faith communities to get involved in the Building Resilience initiative, as it is important not only for yourself, but for your family and your community."

The effort led by the City of Albuquerque Office of Emergency Management is designed to encourage everyone to take steps to increase their preparedness. Working with faith-based leaders and community organizations provides additional opportunities for disaster preparedness information to reach residents.