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Broome County COAD held its first tabletop exercise on September 24th, at the Nimmonsburg United Methodist Church. The event produced over 75 participants from all over the county along with guests coming from other parts of the State. Representatives from organizations instrumental to disaster recovery such as United Way, Broome County Council of Churches, The Red Cross and many more, came to weigh in on how our community and others can better recover from disasters and emergencies in the future.
Participants were categorized into several groups that included fields such as emergency management, coordination, human services and volunteer management. Facilitators Dave Hubeny, Director of Emergency Management at Binghamton University and Mike Ponticiello, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator at Broome County Office of Emergency Services led participants through a hypothetical flood scenario having groups identify the needs and capabilities during several time frames of disaster recovery. Information was shared and new relationships were built during the group discussions. Each group was given a chance to highlight the most important topics that came up in their discussions and vocalize them to the entire audience. Among some of the most important topics discussed were communication, housing, mental health, volunteer management, public safety and fraud.
Broome County COAD’s next step is to use the information and feedback from the exercise to develop a framework for how community organizations will function during future disasters. This framework will lay the groundwork for Broome County COAD’s operations during the next disaster recovery.
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