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Disaster Zone Podcast: Distributing Post Disaster Supplies to the Public

Community Points of Distribution (CPODS) planning in Washington state.

It is a challenge everywhere when post-disaster there isn’t electricity, roads are closed and businesses, like grocery stores, cannot operate. This happens in larger regional disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes.

The distribution of supplies and how to do that in a post-earthquake environment is the subject of this Disaster Zone podcast: “Community Points of Distribution (CPODS).” You will also learn more about Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grants (RCPG) and how they are being administered in western Washington state.

Here’s the description of the podcast:

“Eight counties in Western Washington State have banded together to do regional planning. The effort has been funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant (RCPG) A 2019 grant is being administered for the region by Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management Jason Biermann, Director for the county is interviewed in this podcast about how the RCPG grant process works for the eight counties and then he provides details on the CPODs project itself. They are employing GIS extensively to map population islands that will need supporting. Equity is one of the criteria they are using to determine where needs will be greater.”

Do you have a regional disaster planning project that you would like to share by being a guest on the Disaster Zone podcast? Contact me at 253-376-6683 and we’ll chat about it.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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