Red Cross, Emergency Management Agency working to re-establish emergency shelters in Camden County

Published: Jan. 14, 2019 at 5:26 PM CST
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"If we have a tornado come through tonight, us and the Red Cross are not fully ready and not fully prepared to establish an overnight shelter," said Ron Gentry, the Director of the Camden County Emergency Management Agency.

That's why the EMA and the Red Cross are working to make sure they are ready in case of an emergency.

"I mean, granted we could wing it, but it's just so much better to have it pre-planned and already laid out," Gentry added.

The two organizations are working with local businesses to re-establish agreements on facilities that can be used as emergency shelters.

"We need to make sure that all the agreements are signed, make sure they have proper entries and exits, make sure they have feeding facilities if it's going to be an overnight shelter, showering facilities, restroom facilities, things of that nature to make sure the people being sheltered are taken care of," Gentry said.

One of the big players in Camdenton the two groups want to re-establish as an emergency shelter is the Camdenton R-3 School District. There was an agreement somewhere between 2008 and 2010, but the EMA wants to make sure the district still wants to offer their facilities as possible emergency shelters.

The school board was scheduled to discuss the agreement at their meeting Monday night.

"We're here to serve our community, and I can't imagine if we got into a situation that we were called upon to assist, that we wouldn't want to do that if we were able to," said Tim Hadfield, Camdenton R-3 Superintendent.

The EMA says they are also working with Stoutland and Macks Creek Schools to get agreements with them to be emergency shelters.

EDITORS NOTE: The school board voted to accept the agreement with the EMA and Red Cross at their board meeting Monday night, after this story was aired and published.