Tuesday, April 8, 2014

March 18th COAD Meeting Summary

March 18, 2014
Attendees: Mavis Dalzell (Red Cross), Chalice Dew-Johnson (WCSO-DEM/WUEM), Kristina Glasgow (Northwest Regional Council), Hollie Moe (Volunteer Center/RSVP), Noriko Lao (Red Cross, Garden Street United Methodist Church), Wallace Kost (WSCO-DEM), Mallory Graving (Saturna Capital), Sherin Vanderyacht (Pacific Surveying and Engineering), Tom Schultz( CSS Communication), Mario Bonilla (LDS), George Edward (WECU), Nicole Enslow (CHS), Patrick Hurley (Downtown Bellingham Partnership), Bertella Hansen (Ferndale Downtown), Russ Westin (Grange).
COAD Speaker Series Presenter Mallory Graving from Saturna Capital gave an excellent presentation on Preparedness for Small Businesses.  A summary of her presentation will be posted on the COAD blog.
New Business:
·            The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) made calls to the COAD member organizations for two reasons: 1) to invite COAD members to be a speaker for the next round of the COAD speaker series presentations and 2) to offer an opportunity for COAD member organizations to host an individual and family preparedness session.  Hollie Moe reported that RSVP was not able to schedule any individual and family preparedness sessions, however there was success in scheduling speakers for the speaker series presentations at our COAD meetings.  So far, we have The Bellingham Ambulatory Service for May, the Latter-Day Saints (LDS) for June, WESNIP for July and Washington State Animal Response Team for September.  If no one else contacts us about Oct and Nov, the Red Cross and Whatcom Unified Emergency Management (WUEM) will take those months.  

·            The LDS is planning a Preparedness Workshop in September.  LDS invited all COAD members to participate in the workshop and would like COAD members to have preparedness booths if they are interested.   Both the Red Cross and WUEM plan to participate.  It was suggested that we reach out to our COAD member Animal Groups and invite them to participate.   

Next Meeting: April 15th 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm