TRENTON, N.J. (BRN)– The State of New Jersey’s Department of Human Services Office of Emergency Management in Trenton, N.J., recently sent a letter of commendation to BRN Executive Director Barry Whitworth, recognizing the recent efforts of Kenton Hunt, disaster relief director for Pennsylvania/South Jersey.
Director Joseph Geleta, in a letter dated May 6, 2019, noted Hunt’s breakout session, “Engaging the Faith-Based Community in Disaster Response and Recovery Operations,” which was designed to alert emergency managers from around the state on the “value of partnering with congregations within their jurisdictions that may offer support to their emergency operations plan.”
Over 40 people attended the “well-received” session, which was a part of the N.J. Emergency Preparedness Association Conference one May 2, 2o19.
Hunt also was part of the panelist discussion, speaking on the “great work of the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief team surrounding disaster response and recovery operations,” Geleta said. “He conducted himself with the utmost professionalism and provided valuable information.”
He added, “His actions reflect greatly upon himself and the Southern Baptist Convention.”
Pointing to their organization’s goal “to encourage emergency managers to begin connecting with their faith-based communities” in their own towns, Geleta said, “Thanks to the participation of Mr. Hunt, we hope we ignited the spark throughout the emergency management community to begin engagement with our faith-based partners.”
As the coordinator of the State’s mass care efforts, Gelata said, “It is essential to engage many partners in our plans surrounding sheltering, feeding, family reunification and the distribution of emergency supplies.”