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Disaster workshop planned

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A funnel cloud touches down in a field between Scobeville and Caruth as the remnants from hurricane Issac passed through Dunklin County in 2012.
(File photo provided by Charity Lane)
A disaster workshop will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, beginning at 8:30 a.m., until 12 p.m., at the Kennett City Hall which is located at 200 Cedar Street. Counties involved in the Faith-Based Organization Disaster Initiative (FABODI) are Dunklin, New Madrid, and Pemiscot Counties. Emergency Management Directors from those counties noted that this initiative will encourage faith communities to prepare their members for a disaster. This workshop is for all faith-based communities within the three county area.

The FABODI includes bringing disaster relief training to faith communities while emphasizing individual and family preparedness, encouraging constructions of a continuity of operations plan (COOP) and asking each faith community to become involved in an external ministry such as sheltering, feeding or bulk distribution. According to officials, many faith groups provided critical relief to those survivors and volunteers during the response to the tornado that destroyed Joplin, Mo. This training, however, is believed to increase the chances for an even more effective response.

Included in the program are, an overview to Emergency Management and Faith-based involvement, Individual and Family Preparedness where DHSS Ready In 3 program will be introduced and hands on training will be provided, Faith-based Disaster Planning, Considering External Ministries in Mass Care which is critical to the , Training Opportunities and Resources, and Needs Assessment and Evaluations. Also addressed will be how to build a continuity of operations plan for the faith community as well as other disaster relief functions.

The intensive training session is designed for the county's faith communities and representatives from all faith communities are encouraged to attend.

According to Fire Chief John Mallott, the initiative was actually started by Governor Matt Blunt and has continued with Governor Jay Nixon.

Regarding the event, Mallott said, "Every disaster that has ever occurred within the state, the Faith-Based Initiative has really had a big impact." He next cited the example of the ice storm of 2009 a number of churches pitched in and helped the community. Continuing, he said, "When you really get down to involvement, the faith-based groups have had a big impact. Whether they're a minister, they're just a lay person with the church who wants to help, that's what the meeting is, to show them how they can get organized and what they can do during a time of disaster."

Mallott encourages anyone from the bootheel area to attend the event. He added that it is free of charge and no one will be turned away.

For reservations or for further information, please contact mike.pickeral@sema.dps.mo.gov.

* DDD Staff Writer Lecia Forester contributed to this report.

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