Story County CDR to host community preparedness event

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

—by Melissa Spencer, Story County CDR Coordinator

The Story County Coalition for Disaster Recovery (CDR) is excited to announce the Spring Fury Community Preparedness event on Saturday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City Church, 2400 Oakwood Rd. in Ames.

Spring Fury is a free, family friendly emergency preparedness event open to anyone who has an interest in learning about disaster and emergency preparedness. This year for the first time, there will be resources for children and individuals with access and functional needs. Keynote speaker Stephanie Brady the Assistant Executive with the Independent Living Centers in Joplin, Missouri, will be sharing her experiences with the community recovery process from the Joplin tornado and the importance of planning before the disaster for those with access and functional needs. Elementary age children will be able to participate in The Pillowcase Project to learn how to prepare themselves and their families should a disaster occur. To pre-register your child for The Pillowcase Project contact Sam with Central Iowa Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at 515-292-8890 or by email at intern@cirsvp.org.

We are pleased to have Jason Sydejko from KCCI and Ben McMillan with the Iowa Storm Chasers who will be educating the public on severe weather safety through their experiences with severe weather in Iowa and across the country. The Iowa Storm Chasers and KCCI will have “Dorothy” the tornado intercept vehicle and a Storm Team car on hand for the public to view. Ron Edwards, Animal Control Supervisor for Ames Animal Control, will be presenting on how you can prepare your pets and what to expect if you should have to evacuate with your pets during a disaster.

Several disaster response and recovery organizations will be on hand to share disaster preparedness information and volunteer opportunities with the public. There will be ongoing demonstrations from the Iowa State University Meteorology Club of the virtual tornado and Story County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) who will be transmitting and sharing how the group can assist with communications during a disaster or emergency.

Ongoing activities throughout the day will be the Ames Fire Department S.A.F.E House, fingerprinting by the Ames Police Department, and the American Red Cross will be educating the public on fire safety. A free lunch will be served by the Salvation Army and American Red Cross. There will be a disaster preparedness scavenger hunt for the kids and a NOAA Weather Radio drawing for the adults.

The Story County CDR is a collaboration of faith based groups, non-profit agencies, public agencies and other interested individuals. The CDR provides a framework for communication between agencies to determine what role they can fill as part of disaster response and recovery in Story County. The CDR is looking for organizations in Story County who have an interest in assisting in their communities or across the County in times of disaster. If you have an interest in the CDR and would like more information contact the Coalition at storycountyiowacdr@gmail.com or 515-382-7315.

For more information about Spring Fury contact Melissa Spencer with Story County Emergency Management at 515- 382-7316 or mspencer@storycountyiowa.gov or follow the CDR Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/storycountycdr for Spring Fury event updates.