This work was recognized, and in September, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) presented HALTER with an Individual and Community Preparedness Award in the “Awareness to Action” category, and an Honorable Mention as a “Community Preparedness Champion.”
Julie wrote, “As guests of FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, we joined 19 other honorees from around the country in Washington, D.C., for two days of exciting, inspiring activities. We also shared the spotlight with the six groups receiving the “Building Resilience with Diverse Communities” Awards, which recognize the enormous contributions of faith-based organizations. The interchange between our groups was powerful and eye-opening.”
The award ceremonies took place in the White House, where Julie accepted the HALTER award from FEMA Deputy Director of Community Preparedness, Timothy Manning. Afterward they had several Q&A panels and round-table sessions, and FEMA leaders plied them with questions about their programs and initiatives, methods, and ideas. Best takeaway message? Julie says, “If you STAY ready, you never have to GET ready!”
Max writes, “The Salathe Wall is 3,000 feet and 35 pitches (rope lengths). I had previously attempted El Cap five different times on several routes but was shut down due to various complications (mostly weather). Earlier this year I was stormed off when the wall turned to a waterfall and had substantial rock fall from the waterway above. Two weeks later I returned and was turned around on a solo attempt of the Zodiac route on the southeast face, from heat related illness in 100+ degrees. The weather can change drastically and knowing when to turn around is important. On our successful climb of the Salathe in early October we had great weather. Salathe has many infamous, wide cracks which take a while to climb. The first two days went smooth. The third day we encountered difficult conditions on the headwall section of the route where quite a bit of gear had previously ripped out, leaving broken metal in the cracks. We climbed all night through this section and slept 300 feet from the top. We reached the top the next morning and rappelled down.” All I can say is, “wow!”
Alicia Parks leads a yoga class on Wednesday mornings at St. Patrick's Church, and she wants to let people know that she's offering a free class for new clients, as a holiday gift. The class is 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Stevenson Hall. Check it out!
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