The Putnam County Emergency Management Agency and the local chapter of the American Red Cross are working to establish a network of emergency shelter locations throughout Putnam County.
The two agencies are inviting local churches and fire departments to an informational meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Putnam County Emergency Operations Center, 1600 W. CR 225 South.
The hope is to get a number of churches involved as possible shelter locations in the event of natural disasters or other emergencies. The main requirement for a location to be a shelter is that it be handicap accessible.
Additionally, at approximately 6 p.m., after the shelter meeting, the Red Cross will put on an approximately three-hour class on "Introduction to Disasters" which is open to the public.
It is a basic level course that provides an introduction to disaster services at the American Red Cross. The course is divided into two modules. The first module introduces disaster preparedness and response at the American Red Cross and the second module is designed for chapters to customize with their local Disaster Services program information.
The course engages participants through integrated video and interactive activities.
Stephanie Land, the district Red Cross director, will conduct the class.