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12.02.15 Howard County Office of Human Rights to cohost first ‘Maryland Emergency Preparedness Summit for Faith Leaders’

December 2, 2015

Media Contacts:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Dr. Barbara Sands, Administrator, Office of Human Rights, 410-313-6430

Howard County Office of Human Rights to cohost first ‘Maryland Emergency Preparedness Summit for Faith Leaders’

ELICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County’s Office of Human Rights is collaborating with Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Maryland Governor's Office on Community Initiatives and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights to host the first statewide 'Maryland Emergency Preparedness Summit for Faith Leaders.’ The summit will take place Thursday, December 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Center for Social Change, 6600 Amberton Drive in Elkridge.

In light of the growing number of threats targeting faith-based institutions, this event is specifically designed to educate faith leaders of all religious backgrounds on the nature and scope of challenges potentially facing their houses of worship.

The summit will feature experts from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Justice, Maryland Emergency Management Agency and the Maryland State Police. Speakers will discuss what constitutes a hate crime; provide preventive measures and techniques to safeguard property and people; suggest strategies to counter intolerance; share information on grants and other local, state and federal resources; and empower faith leaders to implement measures and policies to protect themselves and their communities.

To attend the summit, you must 18+ years of age and affiliated with a faith-based institution in Maryland. The cost is $10.00 per person and registration is required, as space is limited. To register, visit; registration closes Tuesday, December 8.

For questions or more information about the summit, contact Dr. Barbara Sands with the County’s Office of Human Rights at 410-313-6430 or Zainab Chaudry with CAIR at 410-971-6062.