2018 Faith-Based Organizations Symposium
In an effort to establish a partnership and develop a community-based pre-disaster mitigation strategy, the City of Alexandria's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Homeland Security is collaborating with Volunteer Alexandria to host its first Faith-Based Organizations (FBO) Symposium at 8 a.m. Tuesday, October 30 at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection Hotel.
For many years, emergency managers and FBOs operated within certain traditional roles in response to disaster. FBOs are accustomed to deploying volunteers and services in disaster relief and recovery, and emergency managers are typically focused on emergency operations and technical solutions. The City of Alexandria's OEM feels it's important for its team to meet and collaborate with FBO leaders to understand their positions and usual procedures during emergencies. The goal is to capitalize on the distinct and separate strengths that FBOs represent, determine what resources FBOs in the City already have, and collaborate with FBO leaders to better serve them and the community during emergency incidents.
Ultimately OEM looks to connect with the community and to be more efficient in its response to various emergency incidents in the City – because in times of disaster, collaborative efforts and community partnerships can make a difference.
For additional information about the Faith-Based Organizations Symposium, contact Raytevia Evans, Senior Public Information Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.746.5190. To RSVP to the Faith-Based Organizations Symposium, visit Eventbrite.