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July 22 Disaster Summit Aimed at Helping Vulnerable Population

July 9, 2010

Coordinated efforts to plan for Pierce County's vulnerable populations during disasters will continue at the fourth High Risk Populations Disaster Planning Summit Thursday, July 22. The event will be held at the Oasis of Hope Center, 1937 S. G St. in Tacoma from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 'Communicating in Disasters' is this year's focus.

The summit is open to any individual, advocate, agency, organization or business interested in emergency planning for the area's high-risk populations during catastrophic events. There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP at 253-798-2223 or kmcvay@co.pierce.wa.us by July 16.

As evidenced by the past local windstorms and flooding, as well as the 2005 hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the vulnerable populations are often a forgotten group during disasters. By planning for self sufficiency in the homes and coordinating systems already in place, caregivers, service providers, advocates and other vulnerable population-serving agencies and organizations are hoping to increase survivability during future emergencies.

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