Ready Sunday brings community preparedness to church congregations

Citizens learn about community preparedness at Westgate Chapel in Edmonds on May 1 during ReadySunday. Fire District 1 launched ReadySunday to help faith-based congregations in south Snohomish County learn how to they can prepare and support each other during a disaster.
Citizens learn about community preparedness at Westgate Chapel in Edmonds on May 1 during ReadySunday. Fire District 1 launched ReadySunday to help faith-based congregations in south Snohomish County learn how to they can prepare and support each other during a disaster. (Photo courtesy Fire District 1)

Snohomish County Fire District 1 has launched ReadySunday, a new program to bring community preparedness information to faith-based congregations in South Snohomish County.

At the first ReadySunday on May 1, Fire District 1 shared preparedness information with more than 300 citizens following services at Westgate Chapel in Edmonds. “Faith-based organizations play an integral role during disasters in our community. Through this collaboration, we can work together to educate and empower our communities to prepare before disasters strike,” said Kristen Thorstenson, Fire District 1 community resource specialist.

Fire District 1 hopes to build on the success of this first ReadySunday and bring the program to other South Snohomish County congregations.

“In a disaster, we know people will need to work together and help each other, especially during the first week. People often turn to their faith in times of crisis. We can provide the resources to educate congregations on what they can do to prepare and support each other in a major disaster,” Thorstenson said.

Fire District 1 has also been working with neighborhoods to teach them how they can work together in a disaster. More than 90 citizens attended Neighborhood Ambassador workshops last month to learn how to help their neighborhoods prepare for a disaster. More workshops are being planned for June.

To learn more about ReadySunday or Neighborhood Ambassador workshops, contact Thorstenson at kthorstenson@firedistrict1.org or at 425-551-1200.

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