Open Mosque Day, Oct 27th

Friends: Would you be so kind & share/post/distribute the attached Open Mosque Day, Oct. 27  announcement to your networks. A complete list of participating Mosques will be published on our home page very shortly.


Shakeel Syed
Executive Director

“Only Together, We Can Make A Difference”

Job Opening: U.S. District Court’s Emergency Preparedness and Security Officer Position

Tech Soup: 365 for Nonprofits

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Coffee Break Training: Volunteer Reception Centers

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Emergency Operations Plan for Houses of Worship: Guide and Webinar

Department of Homeland Security: Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships


A Center of the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships

Thank you for your interest in accessing the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plan for Houses of Worship Webinar, presented by the US Department of Homeland Security, Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center, on Thursday, July 25, 2013.


As DHS Center Director Rev. David Myers said in his comments, “We hope you will allow us to join with you as you do the important work of ensuring that your house ofworship is a safe place for people looking for help.”


We invite you to download the guide, power point slides and review the 90-minute overview presentation, now available on the REMS TA Center’s Webinar Archive page:


Please link to FEMA’s new Faith-based Community of Practice, for continued dialogue on this topic (


In addition, we invite you to review the 90-minute overview presentations of the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans and the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education, also available on this webpage.


Viewers of these Webinars will be able to learn directly from leaders at the federal level:

  • ·         a broad understanding of the Guides and their contents
  • ·         specific examples of how to implement critical elements of the planning process described therein, and
  • ·         insight on how to customize emergency planning efforts to each school/institution of higher education/house of worship and their community


Also, if you would like to receive ongoing updates from the DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, (if you are not already on the email list), please send your contact information to with the subject line SIGN UP.


Thank you once again for your dedication and commitment to the important issue of readiness and emergency management.

Download the National Preparedness Month Toolkit

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Living without Water – Lessons Learned

The following story was passed along to us by one of our DMAC partners. It is an emergency management professional’s account of dealing with a water main break at their home, which left them without water for several days.This serves as an excellent reminder for why we should be prepared to go without water for several days.

Here are the personal lessons learned by someone who preaches preparedness for living.

“What I remember the most is having water barrels that will fit in the back of my SUV so I could go and get them filled up. My 50 gallon would not fit – thank goodness I also bought a 30 gallon barrel and it fit upright in the back of my SUV with a hose (white hose for potable water) filling it. Up to this point I only thought about storing water so the bigger the barrel the better. However, my situation opened my eyes to also having barrels – once emptied – can be transported in my vehicle and filled.

Liquid waste was manageable. We could flush out the bowl (with several collections) with the water tank and then refill the water tank.
However – we were not so confident with solid waste because of the need for several flushes on one use so the water did not go so far.
Instead we had to make a plan for the bathroom – closest and available. Luckily our offices are in walking distance to our home – not that we would walk but it tells you just how convenient it was in a very inconvenient situation. Even that close made for a very stressful existence.

Drinking water was not a problem as we have cases and cases of bottled water. However I made the decision to wash the dishes (the absolutely few we needed) with the barrel water but opted to do the final rinse with the bottled water. We also gave the bottled water to the dog and our pet birds. We didn’t need any intestinal issues with the circumstances we were under.

Due to the size of our home we have a re-circulating pump. It is imperative those things get turned off as soon as your water stops. If it runs dry it will die.

Having a way to collect the rinse water is helpful as I could dump that water on fragile outside plants not getting their normal irrigation.

If someone has to manually turn off their water – they have to very slowly open up the valve when they are turning it back on. This helps the pressure to gently fill the pipes rather than all at once and possibly experience a break in the line due to the rapid pressure.

I think that’s about it – oh – forget showering….having baby and body wipes in the package was very helpful. But that first hot shower after the water came back on will never be forgotten!”

Health Care Law Webinars in English and Spanish

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If you’re interested in training your staff and volunteers to assist people applying for coverage through the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (including a State Partnership Marketplace), you can apply to be a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) organization. CACs provide services for free, there is no federal funding for CACs. To learn what kind of Marketplace is operating in your state, click here:

For more information about webinars, click here.

Program Coordinator opening at Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Cardinal Manning Center

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Disaster Response in the Digital Age – by Jeremey Horan

Have you ever seen a competition cooking show where each chef had to prepare a meal based on the same ingredients? The results are always diverse, utilizing different ingredients in ways unique to each Chef’s background and training. While there isn’t a TV showcasing the development taking place, we are experiencing something similar in disaster response, a renaissance if you will of application creation aimed at increasing efficiencies of response organizations active in disaster response and recovery.

Visit Jeremey Horan’s blog  “Everything’s A Disaster” to view entire article.