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What Will Be Your Legacy?

What could be more important than leaving a legacy in this world? One that makes a better, safer place for all? Across the nation, we call attention to emergency preparedness through training and educational programs to families, youth, businesses, faith-based organizations, and entire communities as we recognize National Preparedness Month

This year’s theme is extraordinarily poignant as it calls on us to create a lasting legacy for ourselves and our families. It reminds us of all that the life we have built is worth protecting especially for those we love and care for. You will find lifesaving preparedness information and resources in this month’s newsletter and on our website. Please take the time to review and make your plans. In emergency preparedness, we know that knowledge is always your first line of defense in a disaster. 

Beyond preparing ourselves and our loved ones, Building Resilient Communities (BRC) is steadfastly dedicated to preparing communities. This month we are overjoyed to be convening our first Ark of Safety Community Resiliency Summit. A special time to take a deep, compassionate dive into how to build and reinforce resiliency in communities, especially those who need support most. 

This summit is the next step for BRC - a profound investment in our common humanity and will yield the highest level of legacy creation. In the upcoming months, we will share with you, our most cherished partners and supporters, what we have uncovered and the action steps we will take towards building resiliency in our communities. Preparing a community and building its resiliency is the deepest expression of care and compassion for our common humanity. This is our commitment to you, to our neighbors, and to the people we faithfully served. 

Thank you for your continued support of our mission as we champion your personal disaster prevention and preparedness journey. We are honored to be on this journey with you and your family. Together we can truly make a difference in our communities.

Wishing you wellness and safety, Debra
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Each September our nation calls attention to the promotion of family and community disaster planning with its declaration of National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme is A Lasting Legacy: The life you’ve built is worth protecting. During National Preparedness Month BRC asks you to prepare for disasters creating a lasting legacy for you and your family.

During National Preparedness takes three lifesaving action steps – Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Prepare for Disasters – so you and your loved ones can act quickly if an emergency occurs.
  • Make a PlanTalk with members of your household about what to do during emergencies. Plan what to do in case everyone is separated and choose two places to meet—one right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency such as a fire, and another outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate. Make sure you talk about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. And continue to update your plan based on the Center for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.
  • Build a KitBuild an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you if you must evacuate. Gather supplies that will last for at least 14 days after a disaster for everyone living in your home including your pet. Include items such as water,   non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a battery-powered radio, a first aid kit, and medications. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Center for Disease Control.
  • Prepare for Disasters Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know what kinds of emergency situations may occur where you live, where you work, and where you go to school. Check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and, act fast if you receive a local warning or alert. Get trained in First Aid and CPR/AED so you’ll know what to do in an emergency if help is delayed.
  • Go One Step Further: Teach Youth About PreparednessTalk to your children about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved. Make sure you have a written emergency plan for where your child spends time away from home. Every school, childcare center, and house of worship should have a written emergency plan with information such as how to contact parents in an emergency and where children will go if evacuated.
BRC provides a variety of online and live training experiences for personal preparedness, community and faith-based organizations, small businesses, and youth.  We are experts and specialists in disaster preparedness providing professional learning experiences. For more information and FREE resources visit BRC’s website here.
Each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day, we celebrate National Grandparents Day. On this special day, we celebrate the important role grandparents play in providing love, wisdom, and strength to their families while taking time to treasure the special connection we have with our grandparents. Grandparents Day is an opportunity to treasure that connection and spend some quality family time together.

We encourage you to reach out to your grandparents this Grandparents Day, Sunday, September 11th and honor them for their support, strength, nurturing, and wisdom. And for those of you without grandparents or whose grandparents are no longer with us, reach out to an elderly neighbor or volunteer at your local assisted living facility or senior center. Share the love!
Fun Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day

Spend Time with your Grandparents
Sometimes we forget just how important and special our grandparents are. They have more free time on their hands than we do and we know that even a short visit would make them happy.

Have a Family Dinner
Family time is hard to come by nowadays but organizing a family dinner with your grandparents and your parents and siblings is a great way to spend time together.  Plus, we get to have some good old-fashioned home cooking!

Enjoy A Hobby Together
Your grandmother might like to paint, or your grandpa might love to do puzzles on Sundays. A bit of company would brighten their day and you’ll probably have more fun than you thought you would.

How should I celebrate if my grandparents live far away?
Beyond sending a card with a handwritten note, video chatting, or calling and expressing love and gratitude will make their day, they always want to hear from you. Remember, it is your connection that counts! 


Perhaps the most loving thing you can do for your grandparents is to make sure they are properly prepared for any disaster. Take the time to have a conversation about their preparedness plans, walk through their living space together and make sure they have ample emergency supplies at the ready. Here is a great way to start the conversation:

Remind your grandparents that emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force them to evacuate their neighborhood or be confined to their home. What would they do if their basic services—water, gas, electricity or communications— were cut off? Help your grandparents learn how to protect themselves and cope with disaster by planning ahead. Even if your grandparent has physical limitations, they can still protect and prepare themselves. Local officials and relief workers may not be able to reach everyone right away. You can help your grandparents deal with disaster better by helping them prepare in advance and by working with those in their support network: your family, neighbors, and friends as a team. Knowing what to do and sharing this important information is your responsibility.

Top Safety Tips for Seniors

Start with Three Steps to Preparedness: Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Prepare for Disasters. Additional Steps to Preparedness for Seniors: 
  • Post emergency phone numbers near each of your phones. Include the numbers of those in your support network. Remember that in some emergencies telephone lines might not be working. Consider having alternative plans for contacting those in your network.
  • Keep support items like wheelchairs and walkers in a designated place so they can be found quickly. This step is essential for those who have home-health caregivers, particularly for those who are bed bound.
  • Plan for Your Pets or Service Animals. Take your pets with you if you evacuate. However, be aware that pets (except service animals) are not permitted in emergency public shelters for health reasons. Prepare a list of family, friends, boarding facilities, veterinarians, and ‘pet-friendly’ hotels that could shelter your pets in an emergency.
It is alarming to see another infectious disease gain a foothold while we are still attempting to fend off COVID-19. But COVID and monkeypox are quite different. Monkeypox is not a new virus and does not spread in the same way as COVID-19. 

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox is of public health concern because the illness is similar to smallpox and can be spread from infected humans, animals, and materials contaminated with the virus. There is a recent significant increase in reported cases where monkeypox is not commonly seen, including in Europe, Canada, the United States and our home state of California. The California Department of Public Health is closely monitoring monkeypox transmission to ensure rapid identification of cases. The risk of monkeypox to the public is currently exceptionally low based on the information available. While monkeypox can infect anyone, many of the recent cases in 2022 have occurred among persons self-identifying as men who have sex with men (MSM).

Diagnosis & Isolation
If you have a new or unexplained rash or other symptoms, avoid crowds,  close contact with others, and seek medical care for further testing and evaluation. If you do not have a health care provider or healthcare insurance, contact your local health department about any available resources. You may also contact the Department of Healthcare Services for more available resources.
For more information about isolation and guidance on how to take care while presenting symptoms, please refer to the  Monkeypox Home Isolation Guidance for the General Public.

Here are some additional websites for factual, local information that will be regularly updated:
COVID-19 will remain with us for the foreseeable future. Vaccination is an important tool to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Get vaccinated – it’s safe, effective, and free.

Who can get vaccinated
Any Californian aged 6 months and older can get vaccinated, for free. Your immigration or insurance status does not matter. No one will ask about your immigration status when you get vaccinated.

For the most current COVID-19 information, resources, vaccination sites, and answers to questions about COVID-19 go here. Or, to learn about current COVID-19 Resources go to BRC's resource page here. 
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