New disaster recovery committee formed; calls for participation in County disaster recovery efforts

April 18, 2008

A new countywide disaster recovery group called The Clatsop County Long-Term Disaster Recovery Committee has formed to address remaining critical unmet needs in the aftermath of the 2007 December 2nd to 4th storm.

The Committee (aka “The L.T.D.R.C.”) is a diverse group of community service organizations, faith-based groups, City and county governments are also involved. Any group that needs help or can offer some kind of help, whether it is volunteers, materials, funding or other resources are welcome to join and participate.

“Post-storm recovery efforts continue even though FEMA has left town,” says Charlene Larsen, Clatsop L.T.D.R.C. Chair. “There are still people with unmet needs that have ‘fallen through the cracks’ – the goal of this group is to help address these needs.”

United Way of Clatsop County, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is the committee’s fiscal sponsor, allowing the group to raise and disburse funds specific to its mission.

Upon the completion of their current mission addressing the December 2nd to 4th 2007 storm recovery, the committee will then become a “COAD,” or “Community Organization Active in Disaster” to prepare for future -possibly more catastrophic – occurences.

“Recent experience demonstrates the importance of preparing for future disasters” adds Larsen. “The Vernonia flooding demonstrates the value of having a recovery group in place prior to a disaster. For instance, Vernonia was able to respond quickly to recent flooding because they had already created a similar recovery group after the flooding in 1996. This meant that they were able to rapidly reactivate the existing disaster response group to access FEMA and other funds and services rapidly.”

Monetary contributions can be sent, marked “LTDRC Storm Help,” to:

United Way of Clatsop County

PO Box 775

Astoria, OR 97103