Faith Communities Invited to Emergency Preparedness Trainings

Sept. 11, 2009
OPA 166/09

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  • Trainings scheduled for Sept. 22 and Oct. 3; continuity of operations training set for Nov. 5.
  • Registrations are required five business days in advance for these free events; e-mail or call 703-324-3453, TTY 703-324-7914.

Fairfax County faith communities are invited to attend free emergency preparedness and continuity of operations (COOP) trainings this fall. Representatives from all houses of worship are encouraged to attend in order to better prepare the community for an organized interfaith response to any emergency. Due to limited seating, registration is required five business days in advance. Send your name, organization and contact information along with the session(s) you wish to attend to

The trainings for emergency preparedness are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 22, Board Auditorium, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Doors open at 6 p.m. for registration and exhibits; program is 7 to 9:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Oct. 3, USA Today Corporate Headquarters, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Doors open at 8 a.m. for registration and exhibits; program is 9 to 11:30 a.m. 

 The emergency preparedness classes will prepare faith communities to effectively serve their members and neighbors during local emergencies and disasters, such as a pandemic flu. The training outlines what happens in Fairfax County during an emergency and provides an opportunity to establish relationships with the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and nonprofit organizations that are active in disasters.

The COOP training is scheduled for:

  • Thursday, Nov. 5, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax.

The COOP training is aimed for clergy, staff and lay leaders to help them prepare for the unexpected.Many residents depend on houses of worship and faith-based organizations to provide leadership and resources during a time of crisis, so faith leaders must be ready for emergencies that may force their organization to relocate or significantly alter their operations. 

These trainings are organized by the Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action Interfaith Emergency Planning Steering Committee and supported by the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management and the Fairfax County Department of Systems Management for Human Services Community Interfaith Liaison Office.

Faith communities also are encouraged to sign up for free emergency alerts from Fairfax County and other governments in the region. Visit CapitalAlert to sign up for text alerts that are sent to cell phones or email accounts. It is possible to choose the kinds of alerts delivered, including weather, severe traffic and  terrorism.

For more information about the trainings or to request reasonable ADA accommodations, call 703-324-3453, TTY 703-324-7914. For more information about CapitalAlert, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.


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