Red Cross focuses on natural disaster response

1 year 3 months 2 weeks ago March 30, 2016 Mar 30, 2016 Wednesday, March 30 2016 Wednesday, March 30, 2016 3:07:00 PM CDT in News
By: Kaitlin Rounds, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Missouri's the crosshairs for any number of natural disasters: tornadoes, floods and earthquakes.

The American Red Cross hosted a Collective Impact Summit on disasters in Columbia at the Stoney Creek Hotel from Wednesday, March 30 to Thursday, March 31. According to David Griffith, the executive director of the American Red Cross of Central and Northern Missouri, this was the first statewide conference of this nature and 86 emergency agencies were in attendance. 

On Wednesday, the main event at the summit was a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) demonstration, where members of the 86 agencies volunteered to be mock victims of a disaster. 

The Red Cross chose a tornado in the fictional town of Elmwood as the the disaster scenario for the MARC demonstration. 

Griffith said while there was no specific event that triggered the conference, it is an important time for emergency agencies to be prepared.

"Of course we had the floods in Missouri last year, that left a lot of people displaced, and we're coming up on flood season again, as well as tornado season. In fact, I think some counties will be under a tornado warning [the night of the MARC demonstration]," Griffith said. 

LaKeysha Fields is the disaster social services coordinator with the Salvation Army, Midland Division. Fields has seen MARCs in practice during disasters, and says the demonstration is very similar to a reality. 

"Obviously in a real disaster there's a lot more tears, and there's spiritual and emotional counselors walking around offering support, but it is like this where there's lots of people at different agencies, waiting in line. More confusion in real life," she said.

Fields said a lot of times it's actually very difficult to convince victims of natural disasters that they need help and to accept it.

"I talked to this woman whose home was destroyed, and she was someone who had never wanted for anything before. In fact, she had actually donated to the Salvation Army before. I had to explain to her why it was okay for her to accept help now that she was in need, even though she's not the person that's in the most need in her opinion," she said. 

Griffith said as Missouri approaches what he referred to as "disaster season," people and families need to have plans in case of an emergency.

"I think one of the most important things is to teach kids in elementary schools, high schools, anytime, what their family needs to do during a tornado or a flood. That way they come home and tell their parents what they learned and how important it is to have a plan. Parents will take that seriously," Griffith said.

The summit opened with a welcome address by Governor Nixon. 

The summit will continue on Thursday, March 31 with disaster panels and breakout sessions for the emergency agency volunteers and workers. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A car chase wound through Columbia for miles on Thursday evening around 7 p.m. Multiple agencies got involved... More >>
23 minutes ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:11:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Joanthony Johnson, 27, was back in court Thursday for the second day in a row for his sentencing... More >>
1 hour ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 7:55:00 PM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Williamsburg man was arrested on Thursday and accused of domestic assault, including pointing a rifle at... More >>
3 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 5:50:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants Callaway County prosecutor to file criminal charges against Central Missouri... More >>
4 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 5:25:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he'll stop funding cuts for foster-care families that he approved earlier... More >>
4 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:58:41 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Chicago man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for his role in... More >>
5 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:21:13 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Law enforcement officials are suing more than a dozen businesses in southwest Missouri suspected of being involved... More >>
5 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 3:51:43 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The Jefferson City Police Department confirmed Thursday that two teenagers were found dead in the Moreau River... More >>
5 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 3:48:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Flags will be at half-staff Friday on all state government buildings in St. Louis to honor... More >>
5 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 3:43:14 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A community based organization that provides tutoring services, dance classes, and other skills to children in Columbia is... More >>
6 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 2:42:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Welcome Home had the grand opening of its new facility Thursday morning. It offers 32 rooms with 34... More >>
7 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:43:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's order that Missouri taxpayers pay more than $156,000... More >>
7 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:42:54 PM CDT in News
ROLLA - A drug deal turned violent Wednesday night, leaving a woman hospitalized with a gunshot wound to her head.... More >>
10 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 11:08:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia Police are investigating a home invasion and armed robbery at the Campus View apartment complex Wednesday night.... More >>
11 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:07:00 AM CDT in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — Authorities say three people have been wounded in a shooting at a St. Joseph apartment complex.... More >>
12 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:18:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 27-year-old St. Louis jail inmate is hospitalized in critical condition after being found beaten in... More >>
12 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:06:00 AM CDT in News
SULLIVAN, Mo. (AP) — Thousands of ticks have been collected for testing from a Missouri park after a worker died... More >>
12 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:42:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - If you live in southwest Columbia, the city has a suggested watering schedule that might affect you. ... More >>
12 hours ago July 20, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Thursday, July 20 2017 Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:35:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 88°
10pm 87°
11pm 85°
12am 83°
1am 82°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

9:00p
The Night Shift
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
9:30p
Seinfeld
10:00p
The King of Queens
10:30p
The King of Queens

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Hollywood Game Night
8:00p
The Wall
9:00p
The Night Shift
7:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8:00p
Hooten & the Lady
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld