“Once again, in 2015 many areas of our conference are faced with the possibility of wildfires,” says Cathy Kissner, RMC Adventist Community Services Disaster Relief Coordinator, and the Community Services Department has been busy preparing for potential disasters.
Alamosa Seventh-day Adventist Church hosted the Donations Management training class for disaster response March 22. The training event resulted in ten individuals trained to assist in a disaster. Kissner appeals for volunteers to to step in and engage with disaster relief.
“You may not [have to] be trained [to be put to work], but it is helpful if you are,” she says. Announcements for training in different areas of the state will be made. If you are interested in training you may contact Cathy Kissner at [email protected].
Earlier this month the State of Colorado requested a Memorandum of Understanding with Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR). In this agreement ACS DR will provide management of Community Collection Centers and Distribution Centers. “We don’t know when a disaster will strike, whether a wildfire or tornado, but when the Colorado governor calls, we will be ready to step in,” Kissner explains. RMC’s community services have been lauded for their civic and humanitarian services, as well as prompt action in the past years.
“We pray that we will not have to witness the horrors many experience, but we want to be ready and act responsibly as neighbors and citizens would,” Kissner commented.
You can read an Emergency Management Guide to Survival – Tornado Awareness here.
A message from the Adventist Community Services Disaster Relief for Colorado: The powerful wildfires of the past emphasize how important it is that we are ready for the 2015 #COFire season. Over the next two weeks READYColorado will share resources and tips to help you prepare, respond and recover from wildfire. Please share these tips with your family. Share them with your friends. You can also join the conversation online! Share your #COFire 101 tips, below, using the hashtag.
#COFire 101: Be Responsible
Spring is here and summer is right around the corner! In Colorado this means it is time to review wildfire preparedness and safety tips. Some areas of Colorado may still see snow this spring but other areas are already experiencing Red Flag Warning weather conditions. Regardless of where we live, when it comes to wildfire, it is important that we all take steps to be responsible.
We cannot stop a lightning strike from starting a wildfire, but we can take proactive steps to responsibly mitigate and recreate. Taking these steps reduces risk during a wildfire and will help prevent fires from starting.
- #COFire 101 Tip: Responsibly mitigate your property.
- Visit http://firewise.org/ (link is external)and http://www.fireadapted.org/(link is external) for tips on how to responsibly mitigate your property.
- The Colorado State Forest Service also has an excellent "Protecting your home from wildfire guide."(link is external)
- #COFire 101 Tip: Responsibly recreate.
- Visit http://www.smokeybear.com/be-smart-outdoors.asp(link is external) to learn how to enjoy the beauty of Colorado without creating additional fire risk.