New Red Cross Rep Introduced to CC Emergency Planning Committee
By LYNNETTE FORTH | For The Prairie Advocate News
MT. CARROLL – A meeting of the Carroll County Unified Command/Local Emergency Planning Committee was held on October 17th, 2013 at the Carroll County Health Department.
Scott Allshouse, with the American Red Cross, introduced Jolene Carpenter, who will be the Red Cross representative for Carroll and JoDaviess Counties. Carpenter will be working out of the Dubuque office of the Red Cross.
Minutes from the previously held meeting from January 16th were reviewed and approved. During that meeting, the Hazard Mitigation Plan was discussed, with the approval the plan to be completed by the summer of 2013, which it has been done. The mitigation plan can be viewed at www.carroll-county.net. In the event of a disaster in Carroll County, Federal assistance will be available.
Mike Shore gave a report on a newly developed program that will be implemented in Carroll County, which will include volunteers being stationed at various four way stops in the county to monitor the flow of hazardous materials going through the area. This program is made possible by a grant awarded to the county. Shore is in charge of organizing volunteers in Stephenson County to do work for the VOAD teams in the area.
The Red Cross is working on a new program in the State of Illinois called “The Patient Connection” program, reported Scott Allshouse. In the event of a multi casualty incident (10+ patients), local hospitals would contact the Red Cross to report an influx of patients, so that loved ones can more easily determine the location and status of those involved.
“Let’s say Greg Miller was involved in an accident with no I.D, and then the hospital could give a description of Miller to the Red Cross,” Allhouse said. “The Red Cross would then put out a phone number through mass media with a number to call for information on the location of Miller.”
More information will be made available soon, as this is just in the process of getting started.
Sally Marken of the CC Health Dept. informed members that she is working with volunteers from area churches to establish a resource manual that will contain valuable information on what services are available in the event of a disaster.
“The public health department is in full swing with flu shot clinics,” Marken announced.
The next meeting of the Unified Command committee is scheduled for January 16th, 2014.