GREENFIELD – an organization devoted to emergency readiness is seeking volunteers to take part in a mock disaster activity that may serve as an exercise session for the members. The Hancock County COAD, or Community Organizations Active in Disasters, convenes community stakeholders, including the.American Red Cross, United Way, and Salvation Army, The Lost Ways Book for readiness discussions geared toward streamlining the aid and assistance that will stream into the community during a crisis. Its leaders on a regular basis hold assemblies to establish programs and recommendations, now, they need lots of volunteers to assist them exercise and ideal these written tactics, said Jim Peters, manager of COAD.

Members are asking citizens to participate in an upcoming live exercise at 5 p.m. Nov. 1 at Brandywine Community Church which will permit volunteers to tell you their organizational techniques in a theoretical emergency, Peters said. Residents who participate may be designated a role to embody throughout the activity – like an associate of a church group or a company owner of a team of volunteers – and active COAD members may exercise assessing volunteers in and delegating them to different responsibilities. Volunteers will not be asked to register ahead – developing a situation, not unlike a real catastrophe when local first responders mightn’t necessarily know who’ll show up to help and once.


How to Survive in Nature?

While Hancock County Emergency Management administrators are matching with state, local and federal authorities and police and fire departments are managing rescues, COAD members are tasked with helping all the groups that pour in to assist. Peters said the COAD expects Good Samaritans to are available in from across the area must a tornado or other natural catastrophe grip the country. Those groups are only useful to their cause if their attempts are guided by local experts who know where aid is required most, he said.

The COAD is charged with maintaining these people organized, examining them in at one specified place and dispatching them across the county, Peters said. Setting up exercise situations assists COAD members better understand what’s anticipated of them, said Greg Hicks, a COAD volunteer. Practicing their attempts prior to a tragedy will make them efficient in response and restoration when a catastrophe hits, and every minute counts. Small hiccups – discovering it can take volunteers longer to fill in required paperwork to join help efforts than anticipated, for instance – can bog down the process, it is essential for the COAD to know about these issues ahead of an emergency, Hicks said.