Red Cross hosts disaster preparedness program |

Red Cross hosts disaster preparedness program

Dan Olsen

— If a disaster hit Moffat County, a number of organizations would swing into action to help care for the county’s residents and even their small and large animals.

Residents could turn to their emergency kits containing three-day supplies, as well as water, flashlights and first aid items.

That is part of the goal of a Saturday program that will take place at the Holiday Inn of Craig, where the American Red Cross is sponsoring a program titled, “Are you ready?”

“We have a lot of area agencies and organizations that will be holding presentations on their parts in a disaster,” coordinator Cathy Campbell said.

Agencies participating include the United Way and Salvation Army, along with the Moffat County Crisis Intervention Team and Social Services. Colorado Northwestern Community Col-

lege and The Memorial Hospital will be attending, and the public is invited to learn about disaster preparedness by assembling emergency kits people can take home.

“We have 50 first aid kits to give out,” Campbell said. “We have a U.S. Department of Agriculture agent to talk about livestock issues during a disaster, and the Colorado State University Extension Office is sending someone.”

There is no cost to attend, and coloring stations will be in place for children to color while enjoying popcorn and snow cones.

The Red Cross hopes to prepare Moffat County residents for any disaster that might occur and emergencies that could affect them.

“We are talking with the (Moffat County) fairgrounds about housing our four-legged friends there in an emergency,” Campbell said. “In a disaster we want to care for the humans, but also the dogs and horses if we can.”

Red Cross area leader Dan Bingham said it’s important to be prepared, even when the disaster hits elsewhere.

“Last winter we felt the impact of the Interstate Highway 70 closure when Safeway and City Market couldn’t deliver produce,” Bingham said. “Most people here are pretty resilient, but I don’t know if they have 72 hours of medicine or gas for their generators.”

The goal, Bingham said, is to make residents self-sufficient, so emergency workers can deal with more important issues during a disaster.

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