You hope you never have to use them, but Kent has a number of emergency plans ready to use should we need to go into emergency operations. The plans outline procedures and logistics for responding to emergency events. I recently heard the City of Painesville talk about the flooding emergency they had last year and how thankful they were for the preparedness plans that they had in place. Admittedly, you probably can’t plan for every contingency but you can have a solid framework to use for whatever comes your way. As a result of 9/11, September will always be associated with emergency preparedness and that’s why the Feds have made September National Preparedness Month.
I don’t have all the details, but later this month I understand that a simulated emergency is scheduled up on Kent State campus so that the emergency respondents can practice putting the plans into action.
In addition, City staff are finalizing emergency mitigation plans that have been adopted by Portage County. Since emergencies transcend political boundaries, we’ve worked hard to partner with others in our region, particularly the County’s Emergency Preparedness Office, to have plans that help deploy all the resources in the region should they ever be needed. The County Plan should be ready for presentation to City Council next month.