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Citizens train for disaster

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Barry County Disaster Committee heard an update on volunteer training at its regularly scheduled meeting on June 16.

Over 30 individuals attended Red Cross training that was held at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center on June 7.

"The training was absolutely fabulous and provided invaluable information about community involvement and sheltering in our community and surrounding areas," said Amy Patillo, Disaster Committee member. "I am proud that we now have 33 individuals certified in mass sheltering and shelter operations."

Around seven individuals have signed up to participate in a second training session, which will be held later this year.

Individuals who participate in the training and complete the Red Cross volunteer application will receive additional Red Cross training at no cost. Interested individuals should contact Patillo at apatillo@deaconessltc.org for more information.

During the meeting, the committee also discussed sheltering needs. First Baptist Church (FBC) of Cassville will serve as an operating shelter. The United Methodist Church and First Christian Church in Cassville will assist FBC in sheltering individuals in the event of an emergency.

Other facilities that may be used as emergency shelters include: Southwest Schools; Lohmer Church; United Methodist Church, of Shell Knob; Church of Christ, of Cassville; First Baptist Church, of Washburn; the ARC; All Faith Methodist Church in Eagle Rock; the Purdy Community Center; United Methodist Church, of Monett; and New Site Baptist Church.

Representatives of the American Red Cross are available to do walkthroughs at facilities interested in serving as emergency shelters. Red Cross representatives will offer recommendations for shelter safety and organization.

The Barry County Disaster Committee is seeking donations for the purchase of two trailers, which will be used to distribute supplies to area shelters during emergencies.

The committee plans to purchase two box trailers with side or rear doors that fold down into a ramp. Each trailer is estimated to cost between $3,000 and $4,000.

Donating companies' logos and disaster committee information will be placed on the outside of the trailers.

The committee is also looking for volunteers interested in serving as Disaster Assessment Team (DAT) leaders. Individuals interested in volunteering with the Barry County Disaster Committee should attend the next committee meeting, which will be held in the Barry County E-911 Operations Center at 1 p.m. on July 15.



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