By Ben Curran 

SW Strong! Volunteers getting ready for the September Disaster Preparedness & Resiliency Building Festival (From left-right: Jogi Premkumar, Bianca Kersellius, Ben Curran, Seamus Curran, Regina Blye, Jay Davis; Courtesy of Jay Davis

Please join us! Our community group SW Strong! is virtually hosting “Weather the Storm: the SW DC Disaster Preparedness & Resiliency Building Festival” to celebrate National Disaster Preparedness Month on Sept. 24, 12-4 p.m., and on Sept. 25, 9-12 p.m.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic changed all of our lives, we planned to hold the Festival in conjunction with the SW Farmers’ Market. Now, it’s a…you guessed it. A Zoom event!

We have organized stimulating and informative workshops with nationally recognized experts who discuss COVID-19, food security, financial first aid, and climate change in the District. Please see the program for details.    

As a reminder, SW Strong! is a SW-based Emergency Preparedness Task Force that, together with several other task forces, makes up the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA).   

We are committed to promoting individual, family, and community emergency preparedness and resilience in SW Washington D.C. We accomplish this through organizing emergency preparedness and community resilience literature drives, community exercises, focus groups, children’s activities, and several informal presentations on a wide variety of disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and community resilience topics that includes the complex issue of climate change.   

Please see for more information on SW Strong! our group, and we hope to see you online for “Weather the Storm: the SW DC Disaster Preparedness & Resiliency Building Festival.”



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