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The program for the May 13 Chaffee Patriots meeting features Father Stephen Parlet instructing attendees on Ham radio operations including how to use them, where to buy them, and the cost.

Also on the agenda; Diane Reynolds is scheduled to talk about the BV Community Preparedness Resource Group.

While not spelled out in the Chaffee Patriots press release, in typical Community Preparedness Standards published by the Centers for Disease Control “Community preparedness“:

“Is the ability of communities to prepare for, withstand, and recover — in both the short and long terms — from public health incidents:

  • By engaging  and coordinating with emergency management, healthcare organizations (private and community-based), mental/behavioral health providers, community and faith-based partners, state, local, and territorial, public health’s role in community preparedness is to do the following:
    • Support the development of public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health systems that support recovery
    • Participate in awareness training with community and faith-based partners on how to prevent, respond to, and recover from public health incidents
    • Promote awareness of and access to medical and mental/behavioral health resources that help protect the community’s health and address the functional needs (i.e., communication, medical care, independence, supervision, transportation) of at-risk individuals
    • Engage public and private organizations in preparedness activities that represent the functional needs of at-risk individuals as well as the cultural and socio-economic, demographic components of the community
    • Identify those populations that may be at higher risk for adverse health outcomes
    • Receive and/or integrate the health needs of populations who have been displaced due to incidents that have occurred in their own or distant communities (e.g., improvised nuclear device or hurricane)”

The session will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 118 South Gunnison Ave., Buena Vista.