Who We Are

Our Story

In 2012, after hearing a pastor speak about emergency preparedness, Debra Williams was inspired to send out her personal camping supplies list as a resource to her email list. Seeing a need in the community, she began speaking at churches throughout the Inland Empire about disaster preparedness. Soon after, Williams founded Building Resilient Communities. In the years since BRC has grown into one of the leading resources for faith-based organizations looking to prepare for natural and human-made disasters. We have provided training and resources for more than 300 faith-based organizations as well as support during times of disaster.

Our Core Values

Excellence: We strive to achieve our maximum potential in all that we do.
Resourcefulness: We make the best use of resources and opportunities.
Safety: We strive to achieve safety in all areas of our operation and to ensure public safety through our programs.
Teamwork: We use our individual knowledge, skills and abilities in cooperation and support of one another to achieve our common mission.
Reliability: We do what we say we’re going to do.
Service to Society: We work for the well-being of the people in the communities we serve to ensure they experience dignity and respect.

“Resilience is the capacity of any entity—an individual, a community, an organization, or a natural system—to prepare for disruption, to recover from shocks and stresses, and to adapt and grow from a disruptive experience. As you build resilience, therefore, you become more able to prevent or mitigate stresses and shocks you can identify and better able to respond to those you can’t predict or avoid. You also develop greater capacity to bounce back from a crisis, learn from it, and achieve revitalization.” “In the twenty-first century, building resilience is one of our most urgent social and economic issues because we live in a world that is defined by disruptions.”

Judith Rodin, Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong: the Resilience Dividend

Our Impact

BRC is proud to be a part of a network of organizations ensuring that communities are ready in the event of a crisis. We currently provide disaster preparedness tools, resources and updates on emergency situations to hundreds of faith, community and business leaders. When fires start, floods occur, the earth shakes, pandemics strike or communities experience violence, we provide thousands of people with the information they need to stay safe.

In addition to training, we provide communities with the supplies they need to weather tough times. BRC has delivered thousands of face masks, face shields, hand sanitizers, and gloves to communities in need of personal protection equipment as they face COVID-19. We also partner with community organizations annually to provide students with emergency flashlights, backpacks, and school supplies. While disaster preparedness is our priority, we strive to meet the needs of the communities we serve in whatever ways we can.

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