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Knabe Pushes Faith Community to ‘Pledge to Prepare’

: Chairman Don Knabe addresses media members at last week’s event that focused on preparing the Faith community for the next disaster.  County of Los Angeles Photo for HMG-CN

: Chairman Don Knabe addresses media members at last week’s event that focused on preparing the Faith community for the next disaster. County of Los Angeles Photo for HMG-CN

By Brian Hews

Don Knabe, the powerful Chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is determined to have millions of residents to become “one hundred percent prepared” before the next major disaster hits the Southland.

Knabe is so committed to making sure that all layers of both the public and private sector are equipped with the tools needed to deal with a future calamity that he has decided to take the cause to higher authorities, influential clergy leaders from all walks of faith and religious persuasions.

Last week, Knabe was joined by the United States Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership as well as the Center of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership’s and other officials to roll out the new plan.

Knabe made the announcement at the 2014 LA County Pledge to prepare campaign during an uplifting, yet serious rally last week in Downtown Los Angeles.

The campaign will promote emergency preparedness activities with local Houses of Worship and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs).

“We are honored to be partnering with houses of worship and local community organizations to encourage residents to prepare for any type of disaster that may impact our County,” said Knabe.

“Reaching people where they are, in places and with people they trust will be an invaluable addition to our efforts to promote a lifestyle of preparedness across this region,” Knabe stressed.

Knabe also said that “The Pledge to Prepare” participating organizations to provide its congregations or membership the options of participating in one or all four disaster preparedness category activities.

The categories areas were broken down as Get Informed, Get Prepared, Get Connected, and Get Active.

“Faith-based and community partners are an important part of the whole community, and it is our hope that LA County’s Pledge to Prepare campaign reaches and engages these partners,” Knabe said.

“Recognizing that preparedness is a shared responsibility, President Barack Obama signed the Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-8: National Preparedness March 30, 2011,” said Deputy Director Scott.

“Since then, we have been working with cities and counties across the nation to promote the involvement of everyone, not just the government, in a systematic effort to increase community resilience against all hazards. We encourage everyone to get involved in the LA County Pledge to Prepare campaign as it is important for not only for yourself, but for your family and your community,” Scott said.

The campaign led by the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management was designed to encourage residents to take steps to increase their preparedness. Working with faith-based leaders and community organizations provides additional opportunities for disaster preparedness information to reach residents.

Also attending and participating in the event was Deputy Director Dr. Jannah Scott, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IX and Acting Deputy Administrator Farley Howell

For more information on the LA County Pledge to prepare disaster preparedness campaign or how to register to participate, visit http://lacoa.org/prepare.

  • Council of Thieves says:

    Is this guy serious? The government wants clergy to assist? I guess so long as they agree not to mention God or Jesus.

    The clergy needs to take a pass on this. Their primary and only mission is to spread the word of God and not act as an agent of what’s becoming an anti-Christian government.

  • ..M C M A H O N . says:

    TO: Don n Julie Knabe.

    You got to be real?



    You want the lions to sleep with the Sheep? Hell how many homeless hang out behind your CERRITOS home, up against the Los Coyotes River, and your 2nd story home, you have looked down at them for decade. You have been residents of this city for more then 40 Yrs, see neither of you have aided homeless.

    You would not endorse your neighbor of 40 Yrs, TITUS, as she is African American, but went to endorse the whites in Shadow Park HOA.

    You both get gas on Walker/Orangethorpe and do nothing about homeless at Gas station and up against Walker Animal Hospital for 2 decades.

    Julie, numerous time I have seen you snub homeless at CVS /Cerritos and the Cerritos USPO; plus your son has never aided them either.

    Then the homeless:
    1. El Rancho Verdes Park-Ceritos.
    2. Target Store-Bloomfield
    3. Arco- Haw Gardens
    4. Homeless on Denni St
    5. Homeless HG former USPO.

    Mr/ Mrs Knabe, you both receive for life, full 100% PPO Ins from City of Cerritos, as Don (Ret. Councilperson). What have you done to help the homeless vets, when Cerritos buildings under your term as Cer Council still remain vacant? How about the disaster for the YL Fire Victims, as many were former Cerritos Residents, which fled Cerritos, because of the lack of diversity and issues w/ Whitney and racism at ABC, you did nothing again!!!! City Don was former Mayor of.

    • Vacant Mullikan Med Building on Bloomfield.
    • Vacant 166th Corp. Office compounds.
    • Vacant TC stores.
    • Vacant pad on Studebaker.
    • You are both stock holder at Cerritos Auto Mall, homeless in Riverbed.
    • You are both stock holders in CalMet trash Co, and homeless live outside many or your facilities in Paramount-Downey, etc.
    • You both own many apartments in the greater Long Beach area, where homeless sleep in alley, where your investments are making money.

    It is easy to talk, but in reality, the problem of lack of diversity and the (Race-card) still remains constant sword between residents in your hometown city.

    Cerritos remains socially and racially divided; even amongst the CCC & their appointees.

    40 Yr Cerritos Resident.