Public-private partnership aids Westshore preparedness
As promoted and supported by FEMA, public-private partnerships are a vital element in local and national emergency management. As the FEMA website says, all aspects of a community are needed to “effectively prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against any disaster.”
One need for the Westshore Regional CERT (WSC), underscored while supporting our responders during the devastating week of Super Storm Sandy, is generator power. In order to meet that need Cuyahoga County District 1 Council Representative Dave Greenspan’s Friends for the Community Foundation applied to Dominion East Ohio for a grant on behalf of the WSC. The goal of the foundation is to support, promote and enhance the quality of life, public safety initiatives, programs and services within the Westshore communities.
In partnership with the foundation, the WSC, and the entire Westshore community, Dominion East Ohio graciously granted $4,500 to the team for the purchase of two generators and related equipment. The grant is made possible through the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion, which seeks to strengthen the climate and well-being of the communities in its service territory.
Thanks to this successful partnership and team effort, the six cities of the Westshore are now that much more prepared for the unexpected.
The Westshore Regional CERT (WSC) is a (as of April 2011) 240 member nonprofit volunteer team under the Westshore Council of Governments. The national CERT program seeks to educate residents about disasters common or possible in their area through free 20-hour disaster preparedness training. US citizens over 18 who pass a background check are eligible for team membership. The WSC supplements emergency responders when needs outweigh resources.