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Disaster Relief Shelter Community Partnership

Missouri Municipal League - 2011 - MML Innovation Award (Medium City)

Summary

A unique and successful community partnership, initiated by the city of Pleasant Hill, brings together the City, the Red Cross, the Methodist Church, and 41 community volunteers to provide a Disaster Relief Shelter for the citizens of Pleasant Hill.

Description

A unique and successful community partnership, initiated by the city of Pleasant Hill, brings together the City, the Red Cross, the Methodist Church, and 41 community volunteers to provide a Disaster Relief Shelter for the citizens of Pleasant Hill. If residents are left homeless by a tornado or other disaster, or left without power and heat in a winter ice storm, a fully operational Red Cross Disaster Relief Shelter can be activated at a moment’s notice. A Disaster Response Team of 41 volunteers, including 27 trained in shelter operations by the Red Cross, will operate the facility. Volunteers will be mobilized using the Police Communications Center “Code Red” notification system. If power is lost at the shelter, a city-owned mobile generator will be brought in and installed by the Public Works Department. On-going shelter planning is conducted through a committee comprised of project partners, headed by a local volunteer coordinator, with guidance from the Greater KC Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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Tags: Civic/Public Participation, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Public Infrastructure





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