February 1, 2013
From Bulletin staff reporters:
The Harvest Foundation has approved a Pick Up the Pace! (PUP) grant to Henry County to develop an emergency preparedness program, the foundation announced Thursday.
With the $10,000 grant, the county’s Department of Public Safety will develop and implement “Get Through 72,” a program designed to help residents be prepared for the first 72 hours of a disaster until help can arrive, according to a Harvest release.
“Many county residents live in rural areas and lack access to telephone service and consistent transportation, so in an emergency situation, (they) have no means of getting the resources needed to help them survive in the early, critical hours,” Matt Tatum, deputy director of the Henry County Department of Public Safety, said in the release.
“The ‘Get Through 72’ program will educate citizens on how to prepare for a disaster by storing food, water, batteries, flash lights, etc.,” he added.
“We are very pleased to partner with the Department of Public Safety on this project,” Gladys Hairston, Harvest program associate, said in the release. “In times of a disaster, in the form of a weather event with flooding and extended power outages, managing the first 72 hours effectively is critical. This program will help our residents be better prepared.”
PUP was announced during Harvest’s 10th anniversary luncheon Oct. 26. Through the program, Harvest will issue 10 grants of up to $10,000 each to help more local organizations get involved in community redevelopment to help make Henry County-Martinsville “a community of choice,” Harvest Program Officer Angela Logan said during the launch.
Projects must be completed within 90 days. Logan also stressed that the benefits must be concrete and tangible in Martinsville-Henry County.
PUP projects must relate to one or more of Harvest’s focus areas: health, education and community vitality. Recipients must be recognized nonprofits, religious institutions, government entities or “fiscal agents” acting for others, so long as the purpose is charitable, Harvest said.
Additional grant recipients have been chosen and will be announced next week, Logan said Thursday.
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