These community meetings will be engaging, educational, highly interactive, and everyone who attends will have an opportunity to express their views and learn how to be more prepared in an emergency. Facilitated table discussions will be the major feature of the forums and provide an opportunity to share insights about emergency preparedness requirements and learn from others. Throughout the meeting, we will gather insightful information from participants via computers and hand held electronic keypads, which will be used to poll participants on a wide range of important issues. Our goal is to provide attendees with a deeper understanding of their roles in major disasters. Your input will aid the District in improving our efforts to create a safe and secure environment for the “whole community.”
Details of each forum:
Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Residents
What: A forum for service providers to the elderly, those with disabilities, and others vulnerable populations.
When: Wednesday, September 14th, from 9:00 to 11:30 am
Where: The Columbus Club at Union Station
The Faith Community and Emergency Preparedness
What: A forum for Leaders in Faith Communities
When: Friday, September 23rd, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 Eye Street, NW The Business Community and Emergency Preparedness What: A forum for the Business Community
When: Thursday, September 29th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: The International Monetary Fund Building, 1900 Pennsylvania Ave
The Youth Emergency Preparedness Forum What: A forum for youth at a specific school, to be determined
Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time. Light snack and beverages provided.
Please join us! Space is limited, so register online today.
About DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
The mission of the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency is to support and coordinate homeland security and emergency management efforts, ensuring that the District of Columbia’s all-hazards emergency operations are prepared to protect against, plan for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made hazards. This is accomplished by:
Developing plans and procedures to ensure emergency response and recovery capabilities for all emergencies and disasters;
Coordinating emergency resources for emergencies and disaster incidents;
Providing training for all emergency first responders, city employees, and the public;
Conducting exercises; and
Coordinating all major special events and street closings.
In addition, in furtherance of its mission, HSEMA also:
Serves as the central communications point during regional emergencies;
Conducts an assessment of resources and capabilities for emergencies;
Provides public awareness and outreach programs, and
Provides 24-hour emergency operations center capabilities.
In carrying out its mission the agency works closely with other emergency response agencies, including the Metropolitan Police Department, the District of Columbia Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, the District of Columbia Department of Health and other District and federal agencies, as well as with the major utility companies and non-profit and volunteer organizations such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
About Louis Berger Group
The Louis Berger Group is an internationally recognized consulting firm that provides engineering, architecture, program and construction management, environmental planning and science, and economic development services. For nearly 60 years, we have been a devoted and trusted partner to U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies; national, provincial, and local governments; multilateral institutions; and commercial industry. To this diverse client base we bring strategic vision and an entrepreneurial spirit, developing innovative solutions to the world’s most challenging problems.
Around the world, we operate with a commitment to integrity and hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethics, quality, and accountability. From our president to our teams in the field, we share a genuine sense of respect and stewardship for the places where we work and the people whose lives we impact.
AmericaSpeaks, a non profit, non partisan organization in Washington D.C., will provide facilitation and outreach support for the public workshops. Using elements from our 21st Century Town Meeting®, we will assist participants to deepen their understanding about being prepared and solicit ideas as to how we can more effectively work together in the future.