Disaster aid group rallies after recent flood

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GREENFIELD — Last week floodwaters streamed and pooled in the county, forcing a number of Hancock County families from their homes and driving home the need for a local response to emergencies and disasters, especially low-level scenarios.

“Every disaster is local, and the low-level emergency is most apt to happen first,” said Jim Peters, chairman of the local advisory council for the Salvation Army who is heading the effort to establish a Community Organizations Active in Disasters group in Hancock County.

“We’re getting started,” Peters said Monday.

The local COAD, which coordinates local resources already in place from a variety of disciplines to streamline emergency and disaster relief response, was able to get relief to 13 families that were displaced by the recent floodwaters through the Salvation Army and other agencies, Peters said.

“The whole point is to get ourselves organized and get a plan so that when something hits we know who to call to get things done,” he said.

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