On Sept. 20, I had the pleasure to represent Delta Blood Bank at the inaugural Stanislaus Latino Emergency Summit, hosted by the Latino Emergency Council (LEC) to create effective communication between the Stanislaus County Emergency Operations Center and the Latino community in disaster situations.
Founder and president Dale Butler is a pillar in the community and the visionary behind enhancing communication and outreach. David Jones, Director of Legislative Affairs and Communications for the county, also contributed his knowledge and passion. This summit was a huge success, with over 75 emergency service organizations in attendance! Networking opportunities between agencies at the federal, state and local levels were informative and educational.
Gary Hinshaw, director of the Office of Emergency Services and the interim fire chief of Modesto Regional Fire Authority, acknowledged that it is in everyone's best interest to know the various agencies and the procedures involved in any good emergency plan. To that end, 99 percent of the attendees left with a better understanding of the challenges associated with distributing information to the Latino community and felt more motivated to get involved in the effort it would take to be successful.