Emergency Preparedness and Resiliency Building Festival
September 24th – 25th, 2020

Aug 17, 2020 | Events | 0 Comments

SW Strong!

The SW Emergency Preparedness Task Force
Southwest Neighborhood Assembly

Weather the Storm

Emergency Preparedness &
Resiliency Building Festival
September 24 – 25, 2020


Day 1 – September 24, 2020

12:00 PM – 12:10 PM

Welcome and Introductions

  • Regina Blye, Co-Chair, SW Strong!
  • Ben Curran, Co-Chair, SW Strong!
  • Donna Purchase, SWNA President

12:10 PM – 12:15 PM Disaster Play List

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Weather the Storm – How to Build a Disaster Resilient Community

  • Regina Blye, MPAff (Facilitator)
  • Craig Fugate, Former Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Mathew McCollough, Director, DC Office of Disability Rights

Flooding on the National Mall – June 2012 Derecho

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Disaster Play List

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Food Security and Covid-19 Community Feeding Efforts

  • Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank, Baltimore, MD (Facilitator)
  • Nate Mook, CEO, World Central Kitchen, Washington, DC
  • Karen McManus, Coordinator, SW Mutual Aid Pod 

2:30 PM – 2:40 PM Disaster Play List

2:40 PM – 2:45 PM

Champions of Preparedness and Resilience

  • Premkumar Jogi, CERT Specialist, Serve DC

Appreciation Brunch – June 2019 

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Emergency Financial First Aid Kit

  • Jena Roscoe, Operation HOPE, Inc (Facilitator)
  • Vera Parker, MBA, Financial Well Being Coach, Operation HOPE, Inc, Washington, DC
  • Candice Covin, Disaster Program Manager, American Red Cross,
    National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Champions of Preparedness and Resilience

  • Sue Taylor, DC VOAD, National Director, Churches of Scientology Disaster Response (CSDR)
  • Steve Colon, DC VOAD, Disaster Program Manager, American Red Cross, National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region

Preview of Day 2 Activities

  • Regina Blye
  • Ben Curran

Commemoration 10th Anniversary of Earthquake in Haiti- March 2020

Day 2 – September 25, 2020

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Welcome and Introductions

  • Regina Blye
  • Ben Curran
  • Donna Purchase, SWNA President

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Champions of Preparedness and Resilience

  • − Kim McCall, DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA)

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

COVID 19, What Just Happened and What to Expect Next?

  • Peggy Keller, MPH, CPM (Facilitator)
  • Dennis Carroll, PhD, Chair, Global Virome Project
  • John Davies- Cole, PhD, State Epidemiologist, DC Health, Professor, Global Health, GW Milken School of Public Health

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Disaster Play List

Lightning Strikes the Capital – June 2012 Derecho

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Live from DC Forensics – A Look Behind the Scenes

  • Ben Curran (Facilitator)
  • Jenifer Smith, PhD, Director, DC Department of Forensics
  • Anthony Tran, DrPH, Director, DC Public Health Laboratory

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM Disaster Play List

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Climate Change and Environmental Justice

  • Peggy Keller, MPH, CPM (Facilitator)
  • Melissa Deas, MS, Climate Program Analyst, DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)
  • Garry A Harris, MS, Director, Center for Sustainable Communities, Atlanta, President, Sustainability Solutions Group, Hampton Roads, VA

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM

Champions of Preparedness and Resilience

  • Pastor Phillip Huber, MD VOAD, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 222 M Street SW DC

Summary and Wrap-up

  • Donna Purchase, SWNA President
  • Regina Blye
  • Ben Curran

Peoples Climate March- Sept 2014

Climate Action – Capital Hill- 2019

Sierra Armstrong
Regina Blye
Ben Curran
Peggy Keller
Bianca Kersellius
Angela Mitchell
Donna Purchase
Jena Roscoe
Andrew Roszak



About Us


Tabling, Disseminating Emergency
Preparedness Information with
Red Cross- Summer 2019

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SW Strong! is a group of SW community members & friends of SW committed to disaster preparedness & building disaster resilient communities.

We accomplish this through interactive, fun talks, exercises, focus groups, kids’ activities, information dissemination, and DC CERT training promotion all in the interest of building a community that works together to fight climate change, prepare for all disasters, & promote disaster resiliency.

Regina Blye – Regina@swna.org
Ben Curran – Ben@swna.org