(Pensacola) As the month of November nears, many of us wipe our brow in relief that hurricane season came and went with no headlines. At least so far. But before we know it -- the season will be right back on us.
Are you ready for any emergency, especially a hurricane? The answer is no if you live in a minority community according to a recent study by Dr. Tanveer Islam of Florida A&M University. Katrina remains a striking portrait of what happens when communities’ with unique needs are not engaged in preparedness planning and execution.
Florida A&M University and Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE) are joining forces to bring a hurricane preparedness workshop to the African-American community which represents 30% of the total population of Pensacola.
The Greater Little Rock Baptist Church will host both organizations November 6th from 9AM to 3 PM for a workshop to teach our most vulnerable citizens in our community how to best protect themselves and their neighbors during a hurricane disaster.
Pastor Lonnie D. Wesley, III said “We are certainly blessed to be able to partner with BRACE in this endeavor and we pray that the community will show up in great numbers. Education, preparedness, and resources are important in getting ready for a disaster and in the recovery from a disaster.”
Emergency preparedness for the whole community is one of their highest priorities for BRACE and its nearly 400 partners.
Greg Strader, Executive Director of BRACE said “we are building bridges through-out the community to make Pensacola and Escambia County the most emergency prepared communities in the United States”.
According to Dr. Gloria Horning, the Public Information Officer for BRACE, “this is not a solo event. Our goal is to make Pensacola and Escambia County the most disaster resilient community in America. We are reaching out to all communities in hope others will contact us to reach that goal.”
For more information on contact BRACE at 850-444-7041 or e-mail BRACEVISTA@BeReadyAlliance.org.