What We Do

Train Community Leaders

Ark of Safety

In times of uncertainty, people look to their community and faith leaders for guidance. Studies on the impact of disasters, from 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina to local wildfires, describe community and faith-based organizations’ critical role as sources of physical, social, and spiritual care. When disaster strikes, initial services may not come from the government but rather from community organizations, churches, synagogues, mosques, and other faith-based organizations. BRC designed the Ark of Safety program to prepare organizations to respond and recover from major emergencies and disasters.

We work with congregations to provide disaster preparedness assessments, planning tools, resources, consulting services for preparation planning, access to high quality discounted emergency supplies, training, and much more. Our program ensures that organizations have a plan in place that they can effectively enact during a crisis.

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Every year Building Resilient Communities hosts the Ark of Safety Forum. We provide free disaster preparedness information and resources to those in leadership positions at community and faith-based organizations. It is an excellent opportunity for emergency response, business, community and faith-based organizations to discuss how they will work together for the community’s good. During each forum, law enforcement and emergency response professionals train participants on emergency protocol. In past years, participants have received active shooter training, communicating with people who have disabilities, preparing for an earthquake, and serving your community after a disaster.

The Preparing Your House of Worship for a Disaster Toolkit is a product of our Ark of Safety Program. The primary focus of this toolkit is to help you prepare your house of worship, congregation and local community for a major emergency or disaster. This toolkit includes information, tips and templates to help you:

• Assess your current state of readiness
• Develop your emergency and disaster response plan to effectively respond and recover when an incident occurs
• Educate your congregation and local community on emergency and disaster preparedness

Equip Small Businesses

Ark of Safety Business

Ark of Safety Business provides training and consulting services to help small marginalized businesses, nonprofits, long-term care facilities, and hospice agencies prepare to respond and recover from major emergencies and disasters. Our team of highly professional and skilled consultants and facilitators have over 30 years of experience in emergency management, fire, law, and business. All have experience working with local and federal government, businesses, and community-based organizations.

We help businesses:

• Develop an emergency action plan (i.e. evacuation, fire, etc.)
• Prepare I.T. systems
• Create an effective emergency communications plan
• Construct a plan to get the business back into action after a disaster, including succession planning
• Acquire appropriate emergency supplies
• Train an emergency team and staff
• Identify opportunities to assist the community before and after a disaster

Prepare Families

Ark of Safety Youth

Disasters disproportionately impact children, yet many programs often overlook the importance of preparing children. Children are considered a vulnerable group and are more prone than others to damage, loss, suffering, injury, and death in the event of a disaster. Through the Ark of Safety Youth program, we have educated over 1,000 K-12th graders on disaster preparedness topics, including family preparedness, active assailant, wildfires, earthquakes, terrorism, cybersafety, and first aid.

Our program is a part of the National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education, a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Red Cross, and the Department of Education to promote youth preparedness and build a more resilient nation.

Provide a Helping Hand

Christian Disaster Relief Coalition

BRC’s Christian Disaster Relief Coalition is a disaster response network that unites local houses of worship to rapidly deploy emergency response volunteers to communities affected by disasters.

Disaster can strike at any time, and when it does, people often turn to their local churches for refuge. Trained and available, our member churches are ready to respond to these emergencies, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. During an emergency, CDRC members provide families with everything from emotional and spiritual support to supplies and shelter. When the storm passes, we are there to help pick up the pieces. We work with local and national emergency response teams to coordinate volunteers, manage donations, and much more.

Emergency situations we have responded to:

Mt. Baldy Flood (2014)
San Bernardino Terrorist Attack (2015)
Blue Cut Fire (2016)
Northpark Elementary School Shooting (2017)
Joshua Tree Flooding Incident (2018)
California Newcastle Disease Incident (2018)
July 4th/5th Ridgecrest/Trona Earthquakes (2019)

We provide members with:

• Oversight and coordination of volunteer background checks and fingerprinting through California Department of Justice

• Volunteer training that meets National VOAD and government requirements

• Credentialing of volunteers for use during disaster activations

• Central representation and coordination with local VOADs, State level VOAD, FEMA National Preparedness Coalition, etc.

• Updates on events and training at local, state and national levels

• Discount pricing on training, emergency supplies and equipment

Our CDRC members are trained to provide the following services:

Debris Clean-Up
Donations Management (Clothing, Furniture, Etc.)
Memorial Services
Spiritual Care
Transportation
Volunteer Coordination

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