Building the Bigger Community for Self-Reliance
We can learn some important lessons from the recent very major SANDY incident on the east coast of the U.S.. There is also another SANDY event going on in metropolitan Salt Lake City, and here too we can learn much. However, this SANDY event is very positive for everyone involved.
Sandy City has been upfront and realistic in telling their citizens that in the event of a very major disaster the populace will have to care for their own needs for many days, even weeks. Does such a statement represent a failure of government to do its job?
To the contrary, Sandy City is doing an excellent job of developing its emergency response capabilities by working to directly help its citizens prepare to care for themselves should things really brake down. A key part of their readiness come from consistent efforts to engage as many citizens as possible in the process. They have monthly Citizen Core Council meeting providing information and training for community members as well as encouraging individual to get involved in all five areas within the Citizens Core Council. Citizens and government officials alike can learn from the efforts of Sandy City, Utah as we talk with their Emergency management Coordinator, Mr. Ken Kroudy.
Ken Kraudy is the is the Emergency management Coordinator for Sandy City, Utah (a part of metropolitan Salt Lake City). Mr. Kraudy manages and oversees all of the emergency planning, preparations and activities for Sandy City. He has hands on experience working within disaster areas. He is a strong believer in the importance of citizens all across the country being prepared to care for their immediate and long-term needs when disaster strikes.
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