CHESTERTOWN — While the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing, Emergency Planner Ginger Gregg reminded the community last week to be aware that hurricane season has arrived.
In a presentation to the Kent County Commissioners July 28, before Tropical Storm Isaias was forecasted, Gregg spoke about hurricane prevention measures.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety measures, Gregg said the county will most likely not be able to open a shelter in the event people are displaced due to a hurricane. She encouraged residents take additional steps this year to ensure they are prepared to handle the impact of a hurricane for at least three days without outside support.
Gregg suggested residents make a plan, prepare a hurricane kit, stay informed and get involved by checking on neighbors where possible. In August, the county’s Emergency Service will be sending out information on preparing for a hurricane.
The county also is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan — a process that is required every five years. She said Emergency Services is working with a consultant and talking to residents from “all walks of life” to ensure everyone in the county is taken into account in the plan update.
Public input also is being sought for the plan, Gregg said.
“It is a big project. It will take us five to six months to do this project,” Gregg said.
Also during the meeting, the commissioners approved proposals that will use Coronavirus Relief Funds to provide food delivery to about 200 seniors in the county and to improve service delivery. The proposals were presented by Rosemary Ramsey-Granillo, director of the Kent County Local Management Board.
The commissioners also approved changes to the human services spend plan within the CRF spend plan presented by Ramsey-Granillo.
The spend plan will now include money for an independent contractor to help navigate funding streams coming into the county. The role is meant to work with clients to help get paperwork in order before applying for assistance with rent support, for example.
The commissioners also approved a request for proposals from civic organizations and nonprofits seeking specific equipment to modify or expand their services during the pandemic.
A church or civic center, for example, could apply for money to purchase a refrigerator, Ramsey-Granillo said, that would help serve more people during the pandemic.
About $50,000 would be allocated with no more than $20,000 going to each organization.