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      Genesee County rallies resources to develop an emergency plan

      Several winter storms this year are pushing the county to form an emergency preparedness panel. Commissioner Brenda Clack says emergency aid requests have been problematic in the past because of a lack of understanding and resources. The board is hoping to eliminate that excuse and deliver an emergency service provider policy.

      ??Things were being done but not in an organized manner," said Commissioner Brenda Clack.

      Shelter, health care and communication groups are participating in the emergency preparedness panel. Their goal is providing their service in a timely manner.

      "What the problem was, they felt they didn't have the resources to react to that problem and they passed it onto someone else," said Clack.

      By bringing organizations like the Red Cross and Flint Public Works together Commissioner Clack and Senator Jim Ananich hope to provide new relief possibilities with existing resources.

      "We have roughly 80 contracts with shelters throughout the county," said Red Cross Executive Director Tony Lasher.

      But without cooperation from road commissions and public works the Red Cross is out of reach for people snowed in.

      "Hopefully we won??t have other events like this but if we do we want to feel comfortable that everybody is doing the best they can," said Flint Public Works Director Howard Croft.

      The panel is being split into divisions of services. They are working separately until February 24th when the group is meeting and presenting their emergency preparation plan to the commission.

      "We listened lets put this dialogue to action lets address those issues to be important," said Clack.

      Until the commission??s plan is complete and put into action they are urging residents to call 211 to connect with resources in Genesee County.