Communities and Church Groups Prepare for Emergencies

By on June 14, 2011

With the challenges of this years weather and natural disasters, many communities are continuing to adjust their emergency response systems. Most of these groups are organized by local volunteers. Camp Chef is a supporter of self reliance and encourages any activities that promote preparedness on the individual, family, and community levels. The local area near Camp Chef Headquarters has been on flood watch for the past several weeks as the high volume of mountain snow pack continues to melt, bringing the surrounding rivers to record high levels.

Many times, church organizations are used to anchor the response teams together. We have seen this close to home as church groups in our area have people organized, on call, and at-the-ready in case emergency sand bags, food, or shelter are needed. Being Camp Chef, one way we have been able to help people get prepared is by emphasizing the need to cook when there is no power. Time and time again over the past several months we have seen power and energy supplies lost with earthquakes in Japan, tornadoes in the South and flooding in the Midwest. Being able to cook and have heat becomes extremely necessary during these times.

We found a great example of what some church groups are doing to help the community from a local congregation. An Emergency Preparedness class is being offered for “Cooking Without Power” by Cheryl Moore, who is well versed on this topic and provides creative and useful ideas for cooking when the power is out. The class will be on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 7:00pm at the church building located at 640 North 200 East, Smithfield, UT 84335.

Community leaders can and should make provisions available for these types of events that help people become more aware of the resources available during a disaster. Take advantage of these events and help yourself become more prepared. It really does bring significant peace of mind.