Community Roundup Event Sets Stage for Collaboration, Resiliency during Emergencies

Oct. 18, 2012

News Highlights

  • The Fairfax County Roundup is scheduled for Oct. 25 at 8 a.m. at the Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale.
  • The event allows faith-based, community and nonprofit organizations to discuss collaboration for disaster resiliency.

Members of the local faith community, homeowner and civic associations and representatives from the private, public and nonprofit sectors are invited to attend the Fairfax County Roundup on Oct. 25 to discuss community collaboration for disaster resiliency. The event, held at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center on the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., features workshops on volunteer and donations management, frameworks for coordination, technology in emergencies and more, culminating in a hands-on plenary session where participants will discuss how their organizations can best prepare for and respond in times of need. James Lee Witt, founder and chairman of Witt Associates and former FEMA director, will start the day off as the Roundup’s keynote speaker.

“Recent events have highlighted the need for us to have formal and informal ways of communicating information within our communities and to be aware of/care for community members who may need special assistance during emergencies,” note Volunteer Fairfax Executive Director Jeanne Sanders and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services Director Christopher A. Leonard, whose agencies are co-sponsors of the event. “Today’s Fairfax County Roundup is a first step towards inventorying our community resources and understanding how to tailor their availability for different emergencies.”

Other event contributors include Fairfax County Government, the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, Northern Virginia Community College, the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships, Faith Communities in Action and the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations.

The Fairfax County Roundup is open to representatives of organizations interested in learning more about their role during Fairfax County disasters and emergencies. Those wishing to attend should register online at

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