SENECA – The Village of Seneca Emergency Management Agency announced that Jason Sterling, from Enbridge Inc., has presented the agency with a $600 grant provided through their Safe Community Grant. The funds will help support the Seneca Emergency Resiliency Training program set to begin in mid to late 2019.
Public health and safety commissioner Rich Applebee and EMA coordinator Natalie Wiza accepted the donation.
The whole community education program will aim to foster better preparedness and resiliency in individual households in Seneca.
In the wake of natural and manmade disasters, the Seneca EMA will encourage and support the community through training and education to empower and equip citizens to proactively respond to disaster-related events.
The training program will cover all facets of the emergency management cycle: prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. The grant will help serve the SERT program by keeping the cost of training and education to the citizens at low or no cost.
Enbridge Inc. is the first to make an offer to the program, and further funding is being sought.
“Disaster operations take time [from beginning to end] and the key objective in any event is disasters begin and end locally. When the individual household is prepared, the EMA is prepared. If households are not prepared, then I have failed at my job,” Seneca EMA coordinator Natalie Wiza said.