"We moved to an all-hazards approach" in November, said
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In April, the coalition worked to obtain emergency equipment for the
Recently, the coalition has been preparing for the possibility of a hurricane striking before the pandemic subsides.
"From what I saw in the books, it looks like we'll have 4-6 major storms this year," Hart said. "It's entirely possible."
That ominous possibility was brought home this week when Tropical Storm Arthur skirted the region, bringing strong winds and heavy rains to much of
The coalition is currently drafting plans for "mass feeding," talking through potential disaster scenarios and conducting roundtable exercises to practice its response.
Hart added the organization will virtually meet with the
Prior to hurricane season, the coalition consults businesses on how they can prepare for potential flooding and evacuation.
"We tell them to definitely know what kind of flood zone their business is in, keep things a foot or two off the ground, unplug all electronics," Hart said, adding that the organization reviews insurance options with each company. "We also tell them to upload their data to cloud storage and keep emergency kits."
For families, the group distributes water, tarps and hygiene kits -- and makes plans for childcare when possible. In the recovery phase, it offers spiritual and emotional counseling.
Besides the city and county, the coalition receives donations from nearly a dozen nonprofits and faith-based groups.
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