GEORGETOWN — City officials received tips for emergency preparedness from a local American Red Cross official this week.
Jamie Davis, an emergency services manager with the agency, gave suggestions that everyone should do, such as making disaster kits with clothes, medical supplies and food, making a disaster plan with evacuation routes and meeting places, and staying informed and buying battery-powered radios.
But Davis also suggested things that the city could do to prepare for disasters, such as designating shelters, stocking supplies and encouraging residents to volunteer and receive training.
If a half-dozen residents received American Red Cross training, Davis said, then they could help to open a shelter after a disaster and the Red Cross could provide resources and reimbursement for food and supplies.
Alderman Carl Johnson said that he was glad that Davis could come and suggest some possible answers.
Alderman Adam Hart said he wants to see the city make some emergency plans, and would like to see the city's website improved so that information and requests for supplies could be posted there after an emergency.
Those interested in receiving Red Cross training should contact city hall at 662-2525.