The Washington Times-Herald


April 23, 2014

Disaster Recovery training to begin

Persons interested in helping Indiana communities rebuild and recover following last fall’s tornadoes and flooding - and from inevitable future disasters - are invited to attend a free “Disaster Recovery Training Day” to be held in Washington April 26.

The “Training Day” is being offered by the American Red Cross. The day’s program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Daviess Community Hospital, 1314 E. Walnut Street. To register, call 812-882-2204 or email Scott Tibbetts at

“Government grants and loans and insurance payouts never cover all of disaster survivors’ rebuilding and recovery needs. To meet the many unmet needs that always remain truly takes an all-community effort,” said Susanne Gilmore of Manhattan, Kan., an emergency response specialist with the humanitarian agency Church World Service.

The American Red Cross has asked Gilmore to lead the morning session of the “Training Day.” She will offer an orientation to long-term recovery, including needs assessment, the case management process, and construction and volunteer management.

After lunch, the American Red Cross will give an overview of the “Coordinated Assistance Network,” a helpful tool for community long-term recovery.

The “Training Day” is for anyone interested in helping in the recovery phase of disaster, including representatives of local civic, social service and faith-based organizations, American Red Cross volunteers, business leaders, long-term recovery group members, disaster case managers, emergency managers, government and non-profit agency program staff and other organizations active in disaster response.

Tornadoes last November destroyed at least 90 homes across Indiana, severely damaged 121 more, and caused minor damage to another 171. The state also suffered flooding in December, arctic cold in January, and three more tornados in February – “and now it’s spring. In the Midwest, the threat of tornadoes, severe storms and flooding is always there,” Gilmore said.

CWS is a member of NVOAD, the association of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, which – as it happens - will hold its 2014 conference May 13-15 at the J.W. Marriott, 10 S. West St., Indianapolis.

“So a state that hosts NVOAD this year happens to have had more than its share of disasters,” Gilmore commented.

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