Disaster Preparation in Non-Metro Linn County Communities

Published: March 15, 2019 | By: Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation | Category:

As residents of Linn County, many of us are aware that disaster recovery is a long, expensive process that involves collaboration, generosity and resiliency. Long after media attention has faded, communities that have experienced floods, tornadoes or other natural disasters still face the challenges of recovery.

To help our communities navigate the complex and trying process of disaster recovery, the Community Foundation recently launched the Disaster Preparation Project. The project aims to equip non-metro Linn County communities with the information, organizational connections and activation-ready fundraising plans needed to respond to disaster situations.

The project was made possible through the Community Foundation’s participation in the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resilience, and Emergency Partnership (PPREP)—a group of community foundations that meet to share the tools and knowledge of disaster preparedness and recovery. PPREP is an initiative of the Funders’ Network, who has provided a grant for the Disaster Preparation Project.

“The Funders’ Network grant creates several opportunities,” explains project manager Carrie Walker. “First, we’ll meet with leaders of each community to discuss holding a two-hour workshop. Communities can also apply for a grant to further their disaster planning and preparation.”

Carrie is currently meeting with community leaders throughout the county to plan the workshops. These will provide training for leaders in creating community-based disaster response. Workshop topics will include raising recovery funds, identifying volunteers, and utilizing available relationships for quick and effective recovery.
Qualifying communities can also apply for a grant of up to $1,000 from the Community Foundation for additional disaster planning and preparation.

“This is about what happens when the area is deemed safe and the cameras are gone,” Carrie says. “If we have the connections and procedures in place, communities will be ready to face the challenges of recovery.”

Information about the Disaster Preparation Project can be found here.

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