4th Annual Ark of Safety Forum

Building Resilient Communities and Senator Mike Morrell partnered to bring together community leaders to discuss disaster preparedness across the Inland Empire. This year’s forum focused on available resources to help houses of worship prepare themselves, their congregations and communities for disaster. Pastor Josh Beckley of Ecclesia Christian Fellowship in San Bernardino was this year’s keynote speaker. The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department led an active shooter training, and the Lions Club facilitated a discussion regarding last year’s response to the Blue Cut fire. This opportunity allowed community leaders to discuss roles before and after a disaster and strengthen partnerships and relationships with one another. According to Senator Morrell, “When emergencies or disasters strike, it takes the whole community pulling together to rebuild. Congregations can serve a unique role in these situations. They are in every neighborhood and can be first on scene when emergency personnel have not arrived. By coordinating these efforts, we can create a network that prepares the Inland Empire for crisis.”

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