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Genesee County officials discuss emergency preparedness

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(04/07/14) - Genesee County officials say the next time a large-scale emergency hits, they will be better prepared.

After the ice storm in December and the snow storms that followed, a number of agencies took a close look at how the emergencies were handled.

They were not happy with what they saw.

The committee, made up of members of the Genesee County Board of Commissioners, a number of county agencies, the city of Flint and the Red Cross, have met several times of the past two months. They were critical of the way roads were cleared, warming centers were provided and how dialysis patients weren't able to make it to their appointments.

They felt communication between city and county was lacking.

They brainstormed ideas on how to respond the next time natural disasters hit. They want the county staff to have more flexibility in determining when the emergency operations center should open and they want public officials to have more preparedness training.

"Coming together, we can ward off, or at least intelligently deal with any emergency situation that may come upon us in the future. We can do better and we will do better," said Brenda Clack, preparedness committee chair.

"I think there's a better understanding of what each person or each organization, each group is capable of doing during an emergency, what that process is to follow. So I think there's going to be far better communication," said Tony Lasher, Red Cross of Genesee-Lapeer.

The various agencies will try to meet every three months and discuss how prepared they are. They also plan to do more emergency training.

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