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The Power of One and Beyond

Each year in February, the United States honors Black History Month celebrating the achievements of Black/African American individuals and recognizing the central role of the Black/African American community in America’s history.

While we honor African American people’s rich range of experiences, struggles, and achievements, it is also a time to pause and reflect on the importance of racial justice, diversity and inclusion, equity, and access. Disparities in access, resources, and support continue today.

Our collaborative work through the Ark of Safety Community Resiliency Summit demonstrates our dedication to not just be involved in the conversation but to create actionable steps in support of the well-being of all people in the communities we serve.

BRC is committed to braving the conversations that, in turn, open the door to inclusion, equity, and inclusiveness. Our first steps are sharing our stories with others, even when uncomfortable, and listening to others’ stories with open minds, eyes, and hearts. Along those lines, we have faith that we can discuss racism in a frank, honest, respectful, and productive manner. We must set out to make our actions match our intentions.

Recent violent events in our home state bring this pain to my heart. Remember, when we feel helpless to make a difference in the world, or in times of challenge and suffering, remember you can always do something.

Just as the many life-changing contributions made by our Black/African American community, each of us can change this world. One compassionate act, one kindness, one caring word at a time. 

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month which honors past achievements, uniting in the present, and inspiring everyone to believe in the power of one.

Together we will shape a future of equity, access, and inclusion
In profound gratitude, Debra
National Canned Food Month

One integral component of healthy, strong communities is ensuring food security for all. February is proclaimed National Canned Food Month. Beyond the canned foods placed into our emergency and disaster kits, canned foods are a nutritious staple for many families. During National Canned Food Month, BRC in partnership with USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) brings attention to a few federally funded programs aimed to help families obtain nutritional foods, support nutrition education, and thus reduce nutrition insecurity of low-income families. 

SNAP-Ed Program
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) is a federally funded grant program that supports evidence-based nutrition education and obesity prevention interventions and projects for persons eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through complementary direct education, multi-level interventions, and community and public health approaches to improve nutrition. Learn more here

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is the nation’s first nutrition education program for low-income populations and remains at the forefront of nutrition education efforts to reduce the nutrition insecurity of low-income families and youth today. Visit About EFNEP to learn more about EFNEP's reach, focus, impact, and initiatives underway and to find links to state and local programs.

The Plan. Eat. Move. Program encompasses SNAP-Ed and EFNEP to show individuals how to plan nutritious meals on a limited budget, acquire safe food handling practices, improve food preparation skills, and change behaviors necessary to have a healthy lifestyle. Plan. Eat. Move. provides resources surrounding healthy eating, adapting physical activity, and numerous recipes. Get started today here
Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms including blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. Storms can last for a few hours or linger for days. Being prepared ahead can be a lifesaving measure.
What Should You Do Before a Winter Storm?
Stay warm indoors to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. Avoid travel if you can.
If you must go outside, plan to dress properly. Keep your nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, and toes covered in warm, dry clothing. These areas are the first to be at risk for frostbite.
Wear layers of loose clothing, a coat, hat, mittens, and water-resistant boots. Use a scarf to cover your face and mouth.
Know where you will go if your home becomes too cold. You could go to a friend’s house, a public library, or a warming center.
Plan to check on loved ones and neighbors to make sure they are staying warm. This is especially important for older adults and babies. And don’t forget your pets!

Build Your Emergency Supply Kit
Gather food, water, and medicine before a winter storm. Stores might be closed, and it may be unsafe to travel.
Organize supplies into a Go-Kit and a Stay-at-Home Kit.

Stay-at-Home Kit: at least two weeks of supplies.
Ensure you have enough warm clothing, such as hats, mittens, and blankets, for everyone in your household.
Set aside at least one gallon of drinking water per person per day.
Consider having emergency supplies in your vehicle, such as a blanket, warm clothing, a first aid kit, and boots.
Go-Kit: at least three days of supplies you can carry with you if you need to go somewhere else to stay warm. Include critical backup batteries and chargers for your devices (cell phone, CPAP, wheelchair, etc.)
Have a 1-month supply of needed medications and medical supplies. Keep a list of your medications and dosages on a small card to carry with you.
Keep personal, financial, and medical records safe and easy to access such as hard copies or securely backed up.
Have a snow shovel and ice-melting products to keep your walkways safe.
According to the US Department of Health & Human Services, incidents of mass violence can impact whole communities and the country at large. These types of disasters, which include shootings and acts of terrorism, often occur without warning and can happen anywhere.

These violent acts typically target defenseless citizens with the intent to harm or kill. They can instill feelings of confusion, fear, and helplessness in survivors. Incidents of mass violence disturb our collective sense of order and safety, and may even impact those with no personal connections to the event.

Because of the unpredictable nature of these types of disasters, it’s normal for people to experience emotional distress. Feelings such as overwhelming anxiety, trouble sleeping, and other depression-like symptoms are common responses to incidents of mass violence. Other signs of emotional distress related to incidents of mass violence may include:
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Worrying a lot of the time; feeling guilty but not sure why
  • Feeling like you have to keep busy
  • Excessive smoking, drinking or using drugs (including prescription medication)
  • Symptoms of distress may appear before, during, and after such an event and may manifest in the hours, days, weeks, months, or even years after they occur. These are just a few warning signs of disaster-related distress. Learn more about warning signs and risk factors for emotional distress related to incidents of mass violence and other disasters.

Where Can I Get Help?

If you or someone you know shows any of these symptoms for two weeks or more, whether you know they are in relation to an incident of mass violence or if it is unclear how they started know that you are not alone! Call or text the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 for support and counseling. The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline that provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Calls and texts are answered by trained, caring counselors from crisis call centers located throughout the United States.

Meet BRC Team Member

Most people think of Human Resource (HR) Directors as managers who ensure a business or organization complies with federal and state employment laws. But HR directors are much more than this one task. HR directors are strategic in creating strong employee teams and engagement that, in turn, improve the successful impact of an organization. Meet Amry Singh BRC’s new HR Director.

Amry brings over ten years of experience in HR. She served in several companies including major Fortune 500 companies with over 500 employees. Her challenge is to create a Human Resource department applying sound business principles and vision. “I am experienced in creating an HR department and maintaining it.”, shared Amry. Her first order of business is to review BRC’s needs and look for ways to better organize the department and the organization.  In addition to her vast HR knowledge, Amry brings her relationship-building skills to ensure the balance between the needs of the employees and the organization is met.


“I have always enjoyed helping others whether it be in a church or community outreach setting. What people may not know about BRC is that we work together as a team, we respect each other’s ideas, and we strive in making each other better by helping one another”.

Amry’s dedication to others aligns directly with BRC’s core value of service to society. “We work for the well-being of the people we serve to ensure they experience dignity and respect. At BRC, we all have one goal - to serve our community to the best of our capabilities with the resources we have been provided.”, stated Amry.

Welcome, Amry! With your support and skills, BRC will continue to build and strengthen its greatest resource – its people.
Our community has faced several crises, from wildfires to COVID-19. While we are actively preparing families and businesses to persevere in the face of disaster, we need your help to make our efforts go even further!

You can help us provide communities with personal protection equipment, training, and disaster preparedness resources. Your support is crucial to our efforts to create a resilient, self-sufficient community.

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