Harleysville, PA — Leaders in the business, nonprofit, faith, municipal, and emergency preparedness sectors will gather on Wednesday, October 29 (the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy) at Normandy Farm Conference Center in Blue Bell for a summit, “Cohesive Community Preparedness for Emergencies in Montgomery County.” Hosted by the Greater North Penn Collaborative for Health and Human Services and planned jointly with partners across the county, the summit will provide practical tools and wisdom enabling attendees to create or improve business continuity plans for their own organizations, foster credible communication in an emergency, and consider how best to assist people with special needs in a post-disaster situation.  In addition, the summit will reveal community assets that can be tapped in an emergency.

Tim Elbertson, Community Outreach Coordinator with Montgomery County Department of Public Safety and two-time Emmy Award winner, will deliver the keynote address, “Timeline of a Disaster.” Five valuable morning breakout sessions are offered, from which attendees may select two. An afternoon workshop is organized around regions within the county. The Summit will run from 8 am to 3 pm. Cost is $50 per person; teams of three or more from the same organization may register at $40 per person. Loaded Red Cross “go bags” will be free to the first 50 paid registrants. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch.

                Find more details or register now at http://bit.ly/ReadyMontco2014. For further information, contact Ella Roush, 215-234-4022, ella@npcollab.org.

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                The Summit is made possible through generous support from Premier Sponsor VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn, Platinum Sponsor Harleysville Savings Bank, and other valued sponsors. VNA Foundation Executive Director Joanne Kline said, “The Foundation is pleased to support this important initiative to encourage improved coordination among all community partners and enhanced preparedness for future disasters that we will inevitably face.”

            The VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn seeks to enhance the health and well-being of residents in local communities by contributing to organizations with the capacity to strengthen individuals and families along a continuum of need, and will work to build stronger and healthier communities for generations to come.

The Greater North Penn Collaborative for Health and Human Services is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization comprised of more than 60 highly respected not-for-profit organizations and  community-minded businesses serving the North Penn, Indian Valley, and Wissahickon areas. The Collaborative hosts monthly meetings aimed at identifying and filling gaps in services for our community’s most vulnerable residents and fostering solutions to problems that no one organization can solve alone. An annual summit sheds light on and inspires action around critical community issues.