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IBM, United Way Prepare Nonprofits In Westchester For Potential Disasters

Putnam Long Term Recovery Coalition officers share the IBM "Training the Trainer" Disaster Preparedness with other members.
Putnam Long Term Recovery Coalition officers share the IBM "Training the Trainer" Disaster Preparedness with other members. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- It takes a trained and coordinated group of nonprofits to help a community recover after a large scale disaster.

In Westchester and Putnam, nonprofits coordinate their recovery efforts as members of each county’s Long-Term Recover Coalition (LTRC). Select members from these LTRCs recently joined a June workshop on disaster preparation coordinated by United Way’s 2-1-1 and led by Patrick Corcoran from IBM Resiliency Services and Global Business Development and Technological Services.

LTRC agencies do not wait for a disaster to start planning; they meet throughout the year to be prepared if and when a disaster happens.

"I have witnessed firsthand the importance of having an established LTRC in a community,” said Anthony Sutton, Putnam County Acting Commissioner of Emergency Services. “The success of a community's ability to rapidly, effectively and compassionately address these anticipated and unanticipated needs for as long as necessary will hinge on a well-established and organized LTRC."

Disaster preparedness training attendees included staff from Arc of Westchester, Catholic Charities, Hispanic Resource Center, Putnam CAP, Putnam Family & Community Services, The Food Bank for Westchester, United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Village of Mamaroneck, Volunteer New York!, and WestCOP.

Diane E. Russo,  chief executive officer, Putnam Family and Community Services, Inc. spoke highly of the program, “The full day workshop gave participants concrete information to develop a total resilience program for business continuity in the event of disaster."

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