On December 9, Thrive held their Quarterly Forum at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Conference Center in San Mateo. The meeting focused on emergency preparedness, community recovery after the San Bruno fire, Thrive's participation as nonprofit liason in the recovery process, and the importance of relationship building and collaboration in effective emergency response.
Attendees participated in a "getting to know you" networking exercise and shared their favorite emergency preparedness tips and tools. Dena Gunning, Thrive Emergency Preparedness Manager and San Bruno resident, spoke about her personal experience working as the liason with the government agencies, businesses an nonprofits involved in the recovery.
Carilee Pang Chen, Rebuilding Together Peninsula, spoke about her agency's response, emphasizing the need for establishing strong relationships and collaborations before a disaster. Helen Rosen, United Way of the Bay Area, talked about the new 211 service in the county and how it can be implemented in an emergency. Also on hand was Connie Jackson, City Manager of the City of San Bruno, reporting on the initial response and ongoing recovery from the city's point of view.
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