Saturday, January 21st
Hodel’s Country Dining
Free Breakfast & Resources
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As people of faith, are we prepared to be the caring hands of Jesus during a disaster, extended to those who are afraid, in need of shelter, in need of hope? As part of its efforts to engage followers of Jesus to work together for community transformation, Disaster & Emergency Response (DER) is collaborating with public and private agencies to mobilize people of faith, as well as churches, to become part of a community-wide strategy for disaster preparedness.
Through the shared vision of private donors and many volunteers, DER is able to provide this service to our community at no cost to you. Join us to receive educational material including local resources that can help you prepare, disaster planning resources for church leaders, and handouts for church members.
Speaker Dennis Thompson
Dennis Thompson lives in fulltime ministry preparing Kern County for the next inevitable disaster. Currently Dennis volunteers as a Crisis Responder with Victim Relief Ministries, as Chairman of Kern Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (Kern VOAD), as a Board Member with Disaster Assistance & Recovery Team (DART), and as Co-Chair of Disaster Emergency Response Committee (DER).
Having over 36 years experience with the Kern County Fire Department, retiring as the Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Services, Dennis uses his expertise to prepare leaders in our community to serve in times of crisis.
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Oildale Leadership Alliance Breakfast
Disaster & Emergency Response with LORENZO BOTELLO
The Church has a unique ministry during and after a disaster. Disasters provide some of the greatest opportunities to minister to the needs of the community. The Church’s involvement (or lack of involvement speaks) volumes and leaves a lasting imprint upon the lives of those directly affected by disaster. As both community members and follower of Jesus, we have the responsibility to ensure our community is prepared.
Speaker Lorenzo Botello helped found Disaster & Emergency Response (DER) to prepare churches for serving the community. In collaboration with public and private agencies (including American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Kern County Office of Emergency Services, Kern County Department of Public Health, Bakersfield Fire Department, and San Joaquin Community Hospital), DER trains and mobilizes churches to serve as shelters, staging areas, and distribution centers for disaster relief. Currently 150 churches are participating in the community-wide strategic initiative. Join us to hear about the exciting progress DER has made and where they are heading.
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Hodel’s Country Dining
5917 Knudsen Drive
Tickets are $12.95. You can purchase tickets through Paypal or at the door. If you prefer to pay at the door, please rsvp by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling(661)323-8002.
Greetings to all of you community and church leaders. Due to a local emergency being proclaimed we are encouraging you to be thinking about things you can do to help people in your sphere of influence. Many of you are probably thinking there isn’t much we can do because this is a matter primarily for emergency services.
If we are primarily thinking about healthy people, there probably isn’t much that needs to be done. Most people are capable of getting out and tending to their basic necessities. But we cannot assume this is the case with our elderly and homebound friends. Many may be hesitant to go out into this weather even though they may legitimate needs. Anybody notice how many elderly weren’t in church Sunday morning?
What can we do? The most important thing is to call the elderly and homebound people in your sphere of influence checking on a few specific issues:
1. Find out if they are in a flood zone or power outage zone and if they have any specific needs
2. Ask if they have adequate food and water supplies
3. Ask if their medications are up-to-date and if they have at least a weeks’ supply
4. Finally, acknowledge that they may be feeling isolated and prayer with them over the phone
As you are asking these questions you may come across a few emergencies that need to be addressed. Below are two sections from our Disaster & Emergency Response Manual addressing what to do in the event of a flood-related emergency. If you have any further questions please contact Kern Leadership Alliance at 661.323.8002.
We want to thank you for taking the time to consider doing this and encourage you to be the church to isolated people.
-KLA’s Disaster & Emergency Response Committee
After 20 years serving Kern County, Steve Chambers is retiring. Mark your calendar for Steve Chambers’ retirement celebration:
Friday, January 28th, 6:00pm at Hodel’s
Cost is $25 each, which includes dinner, dessert, tip, and a gift
Please RSVP and make checks payable to:
Steve Chamber’s Retirement Party Flyer
Is your church becoming involved in Kern Leadership Alliance’s Disaster and Emergency Response Program (DER)? Please join us on September 30th for a training session to see how well prepared, or unprepared, you are for an emergency.
Table Top attendees will be dividing into groups and given a scenario. Your church has been destroyed in an earthquake but you have a fully functioning parking lot – how do you serve your members? What resources do you have that will help? How many people can you expect to visit your facility? At the end of the event we will come together and debrief on our situations.
If you have your DER Manual bring it. If you don’t, one will be provided to you!