In case of an emergency or disaster
It only takes turning on the local news to understand the need for the creation of the Caldwell County Community Organization Active in Disasters (COAD). This organization was formed earlier this year after several community members expressed concern to each other about the lack of formal protocols and action plans in the event of a natural disaster or serious emergency in Caldwell County. At this time the organization has been developed, as a part of Caldwell County Emergency Management, following the protocols developed by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). The organization is primarily staffed with volunteers and has no funding source attached to it at this time.
We are asking local businesses and individuals in Caldwell County to help fund the organization in its infancy with the goal to be able to meet the needs of the community, families, and individuals who find themselves in crisis. Donations are needed in monetary support as well as supplies. Suggested items for COAD: Bath towels, disposable razors, toothpaste, power strips, bottled water, first aid supplies, hand sanitizer, wash cloths, toothbrushes, kid’s blankets, feminine supplies, diapers, baby wipes, baby bottles and formula. All donations to COAD are tax-exempt and the agency is a 501c3. Monetary donations will be used to purchase supplies for the designated emergency shelters that have been identified in three towns in Caldwell County, as well as required gear and medical supplies for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The CERT team will be activated in the event of any natural disaster, train derailments, lost person/child, or at the request of law enforcement. All members of the CERT team are volunteers and have agreed to complete on-going mandatory training. However, each individual will need to be outfitted with appropriate gear, such as a vest, flashlight, helmet, gloves, safety glasses, medical supplies, etc. Suggested donations for CERT: First aid bags, splints, medical gloves, extra flashlights, masks, tarps, CO detector, first aid supplies tourniquets, batteries, search door markers, gas shut off tool, Mega movers (to carry patients) and radios. CERT Backpacks will include helmet, vest, safety glasses, gloves, flashlight, and whistle.
The designated shelters in the community will be housed in churches that have graciously volunteered the use of their space. Church staff as well as volunteers are also required to have mandatory training. The shelters will need emergency supplies and will be staffed with volunteers around the clock. COAD will coordinate services with the Red Cross as well.
We appreciate your generosity and desire to support Caldwell County in the event of a disaster or crisis. Please send monetary donations to Timothy Maher, COAD secretary, 19771 Vista Avenue, Hamilton, MO 64644. Any items that are donated can be dropped off at Hamilton United Methodist Church or the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.
If you or your business would like to know more information about volunteering or other means of support, please contact Mike Guyett, Director of the CERT team at 816-400-8242, or Mark Merrill, Caldwell County Emergency Manager at 816-284-5939.