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ReadySunday brings community preparedness to Snohomish County church congregations

Citizens learn about community preparedness at Westgate Chapel in Edmonds. Photo courtesy of Fire District 1
Citizens learn about community preparedness at Westgate Chapel in Edmonds. Photo courtesy of Fire District 1

By Leslie Hynes, Snohomish County Fire District 1 Public Information Officer.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 has launched ReadySunday, a new program to bring community preparedness information to faith-based congregations in south Snohomish County.

At the first ReadySunday on May 1, 2016, Fire District 1 shared preparedness information with more than 300 citizens following services at Westgate Chapel in Edmonds.

“Faith-based organizations play an integral role during disasters in our community. Through this collaboration, we can work together to educate and empower our communities to prepare before disasters strike,” said Kristen Thorstenson, Fire District 1 community resource specialist.

Fire District 1 hopes to build on the success of this first ReadySunday and bring the program to other congregations in south Snohomish County.

“In a disaster, we know people will need to work together and help each other, especially during the first week. People often turn to their faith in times of crisis. We can provide the resources to educate congregations on what they can do to prepare and support each other in a major disaster,” Thorstenson said.

Fire District 1 has also been working with neighborhoods to teach them how they can work together in a disaster.

More than 90 citizens attended Neighborhood Ambassador workshops in April to learn how to help their neighborhoods prepare for a disaster. More workshops are being planned for June.

To learn more about ReadySunday or Neighborhood Ambassador workshops, contact Kristen Thorstenson, kthorstenson@firedistrict1.org, 425-551-1200.

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