BANGOR – The Penobscot County Emergency Management Agency is holding a course it hopes will bring together faith-based community members and leaders.
The course will provide information about the resources they can offer before disaster strikes.
The Penobscot County Emergency Management Agency program focuses on emergency planning.
“It’s going to be a two-fold for networking,” said Penobscot County EMA Director Michelle Labree.
The hope is to bring together leaders and members in the faith community and other organizations to help each understand how these faith-based communities can help in a disaster-type situation.
“Having the faith-based communities come out and help with sheltering, with feeding, with comfort. It’s huge,” said Kristen Simas, senior disaster program manager for the American Red Cross.
This holds true for Brent Trueworthy, a former pastor who said he saw it firsthand during his preaching years.
“9-11. Spiritual and emotional care was a big part. They needed the clergy presence. They needed the strength that could only come from faith-based organizations,” said former Pastor Brent Trueworthy.
Trueworthy is a board member of Maine VOAD, which stands for Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. The group works with the American Red Cross, the Good Shepard Food Bank and the Salvation Army, as well as others.
“We are a liaison to represent them in a time of a problem,” Trueworthy said.
Others who plan to take part include the American Red Cross, public health officials, and key community members.
“It’s a great way to get us all together for one day of training at the same table. Exchange business cards and learn exactly what support they can bring,” said Labree, adding that the course is a way to bring together the entire community together to establish a plan before disaster strikes.
“That’s where we can help each other and lean on each other. And we forget that,” Trueworthy said.
Registration is a must and enrollment is open until Thursday.
For more information or to sign up call 945-4750 or email Bradley Nuding at [email protected].