Genoa Twp. Emergency Preparedness Committee forming
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Members of the Genoa Township Board of Trustees announced that a recent meeting between the Regional Red Cross and Genoa Township officials would lead to an expansion of volunteer recruitment and emergency planning communications with residents.
Genoa Township Trustee Karl Gebhardt called a meeting of the township’s fire, police, township administrator and Stuart Gray, Regional Emergency Services Field Specialist for the area Red Cross, to review the township’s current state of preparedness.
Gray indicated that there are facilities identified as emergency shelters throughout Delaware County, including in Genoa Township, in the event of weather related or other emergencies.
“But we need to identify more volunteers to assist and develop a process for getting them engaged,” Gray said, adding that the biggest threat comes during the winter followed by tornadoes or severe storms.
Gray also noted that man-made emergencies such as hazardous chemical spills could also require implementation of an emergency action plan.
“With nearly 24,000 residents in our township the trustees and safety service officials won’t wait for an emergency to arise before making sure we have a plan, and more importantly that our residents know how to respond to the plan.”
Gebhardt said the trustees would be organizing a citizens committee to work with the Red Cross in recruiting volunteers and establishing a communications strategy.
“We will be evaluating the best options for communicating with our residents in the event of an emergency, and ensuring local churches and schools designated as shelters by the Red Cross are prepared,” Gebhardt said. “I am pleased with the current state of preparedness of the Red Cross and our township’s Police and Fire departments, but we need to make sure our residents are prepared and understand what to do in an emergency situation.”
Gebhardt said that anyone interested in serving as a Red Cross volunteer or serving on the township citizen’s committee should contact the Genoa Township Administration Office at 614–895-1126.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Genoa Township Board of Trustees is 7 p.m. today (Thursday, January 3) at the Genoa Township Hall, 5111 South Old 3C Highway, Westerville.
An updated list of Genoa Township meetings is available on the township website at < genoatwp.com >.
The Genoa Township Administrative Offices are located at the Genoa Township Hall, 5111 South Old 3C Highway, Westerville. They are regularly open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.