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Campton Hills receives grant to help with emergency preparedness

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CAMPTON HILLS – With the help of a grant, the village of Campton Hills will work next year to prepare residents for potential disasters.

Using the tornado that devastated Washington last month as an example, Village President Patsy Smith said Campton Hills’ Prepared is Protected program aims to train volunteers to cope during times of crisis.

“Our village is built on a base of volunteerism,” she said, “and being prepared in a time of emergency is critical.”

While the details of the program are yet to be determined, Smith said the training will be based on the risks identified in the village’s emergency management plan, which is under development.

Paul Bumba, the village’s coordinator of emergency management, will be involved, Smith said.

The program is being supported by a $25,000 grant from the Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund, which has awarded nearly $2 million in grants since October 2012.

Recipients – which in this round also included Atlanta, Milwaukee and Philadelphia – were selected on the quality of their initiative proposals, scale and potential for impact and, among other criteria, caliber of implementation plans, according to Cities of Service.

In addition to preparedness and safety, the grant-supported initiatives reportedly focus on issues in health, neighborhood revitalization, sustainability, veterans and education and youth.

Visit www.citiesofservice.org for information about Cities of Service, which was founded in 2009 by 17 mayors nationwide.

The bipartisan coalition aims to address critical city needs through impact volunteering.

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