Emergency Preparedness Focus Groups—Feedback from the Community

On April 11 and 12, the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) Emergency Preparedness Task Force, in partnership with graduate students from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, held two separate discussion groups at the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) office on emergency preparedness. We invited participants from across Southwest DC to talk about what […]

Emergency Preparedness in SWDC—Focus Group Participants Wanted

The Southwest Neighborhood Assembly Emergency Preparedness Task Force (SWNA EPTF), with the support of graduate students from the Department of Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland, is organizing two one-hour focus groups in mid-April to better gauge the ideas and concerns of SW residents regarding the state of disaster preparedness in the […]

Emergency Preparedness Task Force Holds Book Talk at St. Augustine’s

To observe the International Day for Disaster Reduction on Oct.13, the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s Emergency Preparedness Task Force (SWEPT) held a book talk at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. The authors and environmentalists, Dr. John “Jack” Wennersten and Denise Robbins, discussed their new book, Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century. Whereas asylum seekers fleeing persecution are […]

SW Emergency Task Force to Host Disaster Preparedness Exercise

The SW Emergency Preparedness Task Force is hosting an “Extreme Event” disaster preparedness exercise on Jan. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the ground floor Community Room at the new St. Augustine Church at 555 Water St. SW. Extreme Event is an in-person role-playing game that gives participants a taste of what it takes to build community […]

SW Emergency Preparedness Task Force Update

On May 21, the Emergency Preparedness Task Force hosted a brown-bag talk on “Community Disaster Preparedness” in the South Common Room of River Park Mutual Homes. The guest speakers, Ms. Amanda Reidelbach, disaster relief & volunteers coordinator of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and Ms. Kim McCall, community outreach and engagement specialist with the District […]

Emergency Preparedness Task Force Hosts Disaster Prevention Presentation

The Southwest Emergency Preparedness Task Force, one of the task forces affiliated with the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, is hosting a presentation on “The August 23, 2011 Louisa, VA Earthquake and Lessons Learned for Community Disaster Preparedness Going Forward.” The guest speakers will be Ms. Amanda Reidelbach, disaster relief & volunteer coordinator with the Virginia Department […]

Resilience for Life: A Talk on Emergency Preparedness

Who remembers Aug. 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm to be exact? That’s the time and date of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the Piedmont area of Virginia and was felt for miles in every direction, including the District of Columbia, which suffered some not-so-insignificant damage to several buildings, large and small. I happened to be asleep […]