Face it, would you really know what to do in the event of a power outage that lasts for days? Or, what about a natural disaster occurring when family members are scattered at work, school, and daycare? How would you communicate? Could you weather the storm successfully and safely?
The American Red Cross Hancock County Chapter will assist area residents in planning for “the unplanned” with a three-year community disaster preparedness project launching this month. The Hancock County Disaster Readiness Project has received more than $64,000 over the past three years from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.
The project will focus on the three steps of disaster preparedness: Get a Kit, Make A Plan, Be Informed. The first component will center around community education and awareness with “Be Red Cross Ready” training sessions throughout the area. The second component will be the formation of the Hancock County Disaster Response and Recovery Collaborative to coordinate services provided by area agencies.
In addition to training, the Red Cross will work with other agencies and local officials in an ongoing program of continuous planning and training for future disasters and the operation of a Disaster Response and Recovery Operation Center.
“What we learned from the floods of 2007 and 2008 is that we need a better system for ensuring that agencies are working together to deliver services and assistance and help the community recover as quickly and effectively as possible,” says Todd James, Red Cross executive director.