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2014 Forum for Disaster Preparedness: Strengthening Faith-Based
and Community Partnerships
Faith leaders, emergency managers, NGO leaders, education administrators, and civic
leaders will gather on October 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of
Santa Barbara to network, learn from field experts, and actively plan for coordinated
responses and whole-community care during emergencies and disasters.
Focusing on “Strengthening Partnerships,” the second annual Forum for Disaster
Preparedness co-hosted by Santa Barbara County Voluntary Organizations Active in
Disaster (VOAD) and the Institute for Congregational Trauma and Growth (ICTG) is a
practical gathering for networking and constructive learning. Guest speakers David
Myers, a representative from Homeland Security, and Brie Loskota, USC Managing
Director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, will share successful models of
partnering for disaster preparedness from around the country.
“We value our collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Voluntary Organizations
Active in Disaster, and are excited to make this forum an annual event to continue critical
conversations in our community to strengthen our disaster resilience,” said Katherine
Wiebe, Executive Director of ICTG. “This is especially important in light of recent
traumatic events that have impacted our residents, as well as natural threats that we will
continue to confront with extreme drought, wildfires, and earthquakes.”
The forum is free and will include refreshments, including a continental breakfast, lunch
and snacks. Free parking is included onsite.
If you would like to participate, attendees are asked to register by September 15.
About Santa Barbara County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SBC VOAD):
SBC VOAD is dedicated to improving outcomes for county residents affected by disasters
by fostering cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration among non-profit
organizations, community-based organizations, government agencies, and for-profit
companies that are active in disasters. More information available at: www.voadsbc.org.
About Institute for Congregational Trauma and Growth (ICTG): ICTG is a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit that provides research, education, and networking tools for ministers, staffs, and
trained volunteers leading congregations and organizations after trauma. As a network
of expertise, ICTG works to form strong interfaces between academies, congregations,
and community groups to create and sustain access to learning and tools that generate
effective ministry for thriving. More information available at: www.ictg.org.