Peabody foundation to host meeting on disaster planning

Peabody area leaders will have an opportunity to parti­cipate in “Be Ready, Be Resilient” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the Ann Potter Room at the Peabody Town­ship Library.

Hosted by the Peabody Community Foundation, the event will introduce the Red Cross MARC method (Multi-Agency Resource Center) designed to be a one-stop shop where survivors of disaster can find various types of aid.

Community conversations are one of the key steps in preparing for a natural or human-made disaster, according to Susan Lamb, who will serve as a key resource person.

Lamb works on Philan­thropic preparedness, resiliency and emergency partnership for Central Kansas Community Founda­tion through a grant from Funders Network.

Lamb, who served with Hesston Community Founda­tion at the time of the Excel shooting incident, will be sharing lessons from that experience.

“The central Kansas area is respected in our region for our high level of collaboration and cooperation, a trait that served us well during a time of great stress, chaos and ultimately, loss,” Lamb said.

“Were it not for planning and conversations held in advance of the Excel tragedy, we might have experienced even greater injury and loss of life.”

This is an information meeting to bring various community leaders together who have already been thinking and planning for disaster response, said N.M. Patton, PCF Board chair.

“We are lucky to have Susan Lamb as a resource because of her hands-on experience in Hesston,” he said.

PCF board member Gene Schmill attended “Be Ready, Be Resilient” in Newton in February and advocated for a similar event in Peabody.

Plans and decisions for disaster response have great impact on a community.

Schmill said, “The folks in Hesston confirmed that if you have a plan in place, things are going to go a lot smoother than if there isn’t a plan. It’s common sense to plan logistics in advance to everyone’s benefit.”

For more information, contact Becky Nickel, PCF administrative assistant, admin@peabodycommunityfoundation.org or 620-951-4022. PCF is an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation.