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Standing ready for disaster response

Scott Bernier with FEMA water

Scott Bernier, our Chief Operating Officer, is pictured here moving some of the FEMA-supplied water stored in our warehouse. Connecticut Food Bank is part of the state's emergency response team.

It looks like the worst of Hurricane Earl will miss us. We’re letting out a collective sigh of relief at Connecticut Food Bank. Nevertheless, we’ll be ready to help if the edges of the storm impact our communities.

What many people don’t realize is the Food Bank and our partner food banks throughout the country play a role in the community’s immediate and long-term disaster response.

In times of disaster, we work with local, state and federal government agencies and relief organizations to provide food, water and supplies, if and where needed.

Consider assembling a family emergency food box. Click here to check out Feeding America‘s suggestions of what you should include in the box.

The importance of food banks in disaster response was highlighted five years ago when our sister food banks in the south had to grapple with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and then Hurricane Rita.

Check out the blog entries that Rodney W. Bivens wrote during the response to Katrina. Bivens is Executive Director and Founder of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

In Connecticut, our Food Bank is part of a team of disaster relief responders that consists of the regional Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the Connecticut Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, including the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Our Disaster Relief Plan recognizes that our mission “is to alleviate hunger,
year-round and in times of crisis.” As always, we stand ready to serve our community.

Posted by Gladys Alcedo, Communications Coordinator of Connecticut Food Bank

This article was posted in Disaster Response, Emergency Management.

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One Comment

  1. Posted September 26, 2010 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Excellent article, plenty of good quality info. I am going to point out to my friend and ask them the things they think.

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