Photos courtesy of Benevilla

Benevilla’s first Community Summit on Emergency Preparedness was a success. Residents living in Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Peoria, El Mirage, and Youngtown were invited to this public education forum focused on strengthening the emergency preparedness of our senior community. The event featured experts in emergency management, health, and safety who shared insights and strategies for enhancing resiliency and readiness in the face of potential emergencies and disasters.

Held on April 23 at First Baptist Church, 17419 N. Conquistador Dr., in Sun City West, the event showcased an array of stakeholders, including local government officials, emergency responders, community leaders, and concerned citizens. Through a series of engaging presentations, panel discussions, and interactive tabling sessions, participants received valuable insights, best practices, and actionable strategies to enhance emergency preparedness throughout the community.

“As the Northwest Valley continues to navigate an ever-changing landscape of potential hazards and challenges, the Community Summit on Emergency Preparedness stands as a testament to the collective strength and resolve of its residents” says Benevilla President and CEO Joanne Thomson. “Moving forward, Benevilla and the local resource agencies involved remain committed to building on the momentum generated by the summit and working collaboratively to ensure the safety and well-being of all community members.”

Community Resource Tables from American Red Cross, Area Agency on Aging, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, Arizona Fire & Medical Authority, Arizona Public Service, Banner Health & Olive Branch Senior Center, Benevilla, City of Surprise Human Services & Vitality Department, Community Fund of Sun City West, First Baptist Church of Sun City West, Sun City Posse, Sun City West Posse, Sun Health, Surprise Fire & Medical Department, and the Salvation Army offered free resources and information.

Important presentations were given by speakers from American Red Cross, Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council, Arizona Public Service, Banner Health, and Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Videos of the presentations will be available soon at