When a citywide disaster hits, many are taken by surprise. Brookins Community A.M.E. Church aims to equip its congregation and neighbors by sponsoring a free Community Emergency Preparedness Fair.
The event is set for Saturday, January 11, at 11 a.m., in the edifice at 4831 South Gramercy Place in Los Angeles, and according to Pastor Gregory K. McLeod I, the goal is to ensure people are prepared, instead of panicking.
“We encourage you to bring your entire family to learn how to survive a catastrophic event such as an earthquake or citywide power outage or massive flood. Several agencies will share information and materials tailored for youth, adults and seniors,” said Pastor McLeod.
“We want our members and the surrounding community to be ready with adequate supplies, contact lists, and even rebuilding resources, if needed,” explained the Rev. Charolyn J. Jones, Brookins associate minister and event chair.
“Experts from the city, L.A. County, American Red Cross and LAUSD will outline the steps you can take today to compile your survival plan. Also, Brookins members will provide refreshments as well as distribute free reusable bags and giveaways while supplies last,” she added.
Participants include L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks, City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, L.A. Fire Department, L.A. Police Department, L.A. County Public Health Department, L.A. Department of Water & Power, and US Bank.
The community focus continues on Sunday, January 12, at 9 a.m., at the Family and Friends Day Worship Service with Bishop T. Larry Kirkland as the guest preacher.
Bishop Kirkland is the presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church. For 20 years, he headed Brookins Community A.M.E. Church where the congregation grew from 12 to 8,000 members under his leadership.
A graduate of Alcorn State University, he received his master’s degree from Mississippi State University and attended Claremont School of Theology and California Graduate School of Theology.
For information on both events, call (323) 296-5610.