|REDI Conference Feedback
|Editor: Butterfield, Ivan
|Posted on Feb 25 2010
|Rotary Emergency Disaster Initiative (REDI)
If another disaster never happens, it probably won't matter if you missed this workshop. However it has been determined that $1 of preparedness equates to about $9 to provide response to disaster. Even with the best planning Murphy's Law will come into play. The 4th Annual REDI conference was held here in Houston and was attended by Rotarians from many regions of the United States from California to Florida and many countries from Vancouver, Canada to several islands of the Caribbean, and Great Brittan.
|The purpose of the workshop was to present a plan for preparing for
potential disasters. The plan needs to be adaptable to small Rotary
clubs or businesses and larger entities. The best made plans of mice and
men are useless if they are only on paper. Rotary District 5890 is
filling in the blanks to create an EOP (emergency operating plan). Every
Rotary Club in our district is encouraged to develop an EOP to fit the
unique needs of their members. We now have a format and will help you
The best planning for a disaster may not be enough when it happens, but
it will be more that when there are no plans. Case in point is Haiti.
Of the 17 Haitian Rotary clubs in Haiti three quarters of them were not
at epicenter and are very involved in relief efforts in Haiti. For
regular updates on the status of Rotary's assessment of the needs in
Haiti go to the club runner for "Rotary District 7020.