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Disaster STOCK

Special to the News-Times

COLDSPRING — The American Red Cross, in collaboration with the San Jacinto County Office of Emergency Management, is hosting a Community Disaster Workshop at the Coldspring Community Shelter.

This workshop aims to equip community members with the knowledge and resources necessary to respond swiftly and efficiently during emergencies. Attendees will gain valuable insights and have the chance to network with individuals who share a common goal of ensuring the safety and well-being of the community.

The event will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 19 at Coldspring Community Shelter, 121 Live Oak St., in Coldspring. Lunch will be provided to those who register.

A variety of important topics will be presented, including:

•understanding local hazards and their potential impacts;

•how to sign up for emergency alerts and where you can go if you need to evacuate;

•creating effective emergency plans for households and businesses;

•building emergency supply kits and maintaining essential resources;

•developing communication strategies during disasters;

•local and national volunteer organizations that provide trained volunteers and much-needed supplies, and how you can help;

•San Jacinto County peak hurricane season information, planning, and preparedness, emphasizing teamwork between local, state, and federal partners;

•volunteering opportunities with the American Red Cross; and

•Q&A session with emergency management professionals.

To secure a place at the event, fill out a registration form at https://forms.gle/1ishtyMhBjGohuHD7. Please note that spaces are limited, and registration closes on July 1.

Your presence and contribution to this workshop are vital, as a collaboration and collective action are the key ingredients to building a resilient community.

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