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Office of Emergency Management Seeks Faith Based Organizations to Help With Emergency Preparedness

Michelle Tringali (City of Roanoke), with Dr. Jeffrey Dickson (Pastor) and Tripp Dowd (Emergency Planning Officer) from Crystal Spring Baptist.

The Roanoke Department of Emergency Management is seeking faith based organizations in the City of Roanoke to assist with emergency preparedness information as well as help their congregations during times of disaster.

Michelle Tringali, a veteran Communications Officer with the City of Roanoke E-911 Center for over 10 years, has been working on this initiative while interning with the Department of Emergency Management. She has spent countless hours developing a program that local churches, synagogues, mosques and other faith based organizations can utilize to ensure that their congregations and members are taken care of during a disaster, whether man made or natural.

Tringali is pursuing her Associates Degree in Emergency Management from Frederick Community College in Maryland.  This college partners with FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute to convert FEMA credited courses to college credits. She is passionate about emergency preparedness and realizes that being prepared saves lives.

One of her very good friends, Wendy Winters worked at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, MD and lost her life when a shooter opened fire in their newsroom on June 28, 2018.  Winters had received Run, Hide, Fight Training and though she lost her life she used what she had learned to save the lives of numerous coworkers.

The incident fueled Tringali’s desire to make sure that her community was prepared to respond and recover during an emergency situation.  She is currently working with one church in the City of Roanoke to provide them with information on how to care for their congregation during a disaster.  She, along with the Emergency Management Department is seeking additional organizations to participate.

For more information, contact Michelle at [email protected] or Tiffany Bradbury at [email protected]


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