The faith based disaster relief preparedness summit "First 72 Hours" held on October 24, 2013 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Lilburn was a great success. This effort provided a venue to the diverse group of Gwinnett County faith leaders to come together and learn a wealth of information about the importance of being prepared for any disaster and some important resources and tools that could not only help them educate their congregations to be prepared but also provide them a way to stay connected during a disaster.
The presenters included the leadership of American Red Cross, Noah's Ark and Joseph's Network and also government and county officials who informed, educated and applauded the attendees for taking the first step towards disaster preparedness.
Various booths were set up in an effort to provide the attendees additional information. These included Red Cross Sheltering, Red Cross CDE, Joseph's Network, Georgia VOAD, Noah's Ark and LDS Warehouse among others.
The lunch from Moe's Southwest Grill was graciously sponsored by LDS church and was free to the attendees.
Some communities whose leaders attended the summit were United For Peace International, St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett, United Chaplains International Ministries, Caribbean-American Advancement Foundation Inc., Christian United International, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (GA Chapter).
The organizers hope that the network of faith communities established during organizing of this summit will continue to engage and share disaster preparedness related resources with each other. This way if a disaster hits Gwinnett county, then they will be in a better position to face the first 72 hours, the most important time to save lives.