2011 NABJC Conference Presentation: Disaster Management: Engaging Faith-Based Community Organizations In Strengthening Resiliency of Minority and Underserved Communities. – St. Louis, MO
Jannah Scott, Th.D. The DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships A Center of the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships
Reverend Dr. Randy G. Vaughn, Director Office of Disaster Management, NBC USA Inc.
Mr. M. Chris Herring, Executive Director, NCCU Institute for Homeland Security & Workforce Development
This workshop explored the role and significance of faith-based community organizations when it comes to strengthening the resiliency of minority and underserved communities and disaster management. It has well been established that these communities struggle with day-to-day social issues that negatively impact the quality of life. Some of these issues include crime, education, public health, housing, employment, and apathy. When disasters hit, these circumstances are challenged at an even greater level, hindering response and recovery. Apathy of the community often limits the role and involvement in preparedness and mitigation measures. Historically, the faith-based community has been the cornerstone for reaching and engaging these communities. This session explored the necessity and strategies needed to engage communities at the preparedness and mitigation levels as minority and underserved communities are sometimes not included in these functions of emergency management.