The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has received a national grant to offer an in-depth and customized disaster resiliency training program for nonprofit agencies to supplement the community-wide emergency operations plan.
The grant will provide training for the Joplin-Carthage area beginning in late January. The application is now available at: http://www.formstack.com/forms/CFO-resilientcommunity. The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.
The Resilient Community program also serves as a pilot project for potential use in other communities. CCFA Partners, Inc., a community resilience consulting firm, will facilitate the program as well as engage topic experts on specific aspects of disaster resiliency to participate in the training.
The grant was funded by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, based in Eden Prairie, Minn. One of the MAC Foundation’s focus areas is disaster relief and resiliency and it has previously supported the CFO’s recovery efforts for the May 2011 Joplin tornado and the February 2012 Branson tornado.
“The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation is an important partner and resource for CFO, considering our region’s vulnerability to natural disasters over and above the types of situations that can strike individual nonprofits or communities anywhere,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “We share a common philosophy that building resilience is one of the best practices to ensure a more successful recovery process.”