Partnering with Putnam County
Disasters can happen at any time and anywhere, and if they do we hope that our communities are prepared to help the most vulnerable among us. Find out how we are partnering with Putnam to support this.
Through the Resilient Children, Resilient Communities (RCRC) Initiative, a partnership of The National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Save the Children and supported by a grant from GSK, we’ve learned that the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community – our children – may not be adequately addressed in the event of a disaster.
A national survey released lasted year by the RCRC Initiative found that 35% of households with children are not familiar with their school’s evacuation and emergency plans and 41% do not know where their children would be evacuated to during a disaster.
That’s why in Putnam County, the RCRC Initiative has been working with stakeholders across sectors as part of the Putnam County Resilience Coalition to assess gaps and create child-focused disaster and community resilience plans. They are working with families to develop household preparedness plans, enhancing connections between child-serving institutions and emergency response agencies, and ensuring that community needs are being advocated for at the state and national level.
We hope that their efforts will not only keep the children of Putnam County safe, but will also serve as a model for other communities across the US to better prepare for the needs of children in the event of a disaster.