County offers churches free disaster prep training

Emergency preparedness checklist

Alachua County Emergency Management will host a church/faith-based organization training meeting on Oct. 20 to help congregations prepare for disaster.

The free training session, which is also sponsored by the Salvation Army, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alachua County Emergency Operations Center at 1100 SE 27th St. in Gainesville. Lunch will be provided.

The event is intended for church/faith-based organization leaders and staff to start a disaster preparedness and response program within their organization. The event will review key concepts in emergency management and examine the role of a faith-based organization in preparing its congregations for an emergency by developing a disaster response plan.

Space is limited. Click here to register online or email For more information, contact David Peaton at 352-264-6500.

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What?? A faith based what?!