InFocus: Natural disaster planning and relief efforts

Learn what plans are in place in case of a natural disaster in Western Massachusetts.

CHICOPEE, Mass.(WWLP) – The hurricanes in the South and fires in the West have people thinking about how they, and their communities, can prepare for a natural disaster.

This week on 22News InFocus our panel of guests will address the issues surrounding the preparation and relief efforts involved in large scale natural disaster planning.  They will discuss the strategies employed to provide situational updates and information on essential services to a large population. You’ll also learn about how the state and community combine resources to create a plan and find supportive funding.

You can watch 22News InFocus this Sunday at noon…LIVE on the air or streaming on your mobile device using the 22News app. And if you miss it, you’ll find it on our website at WWLP.com.

Below are links to organizations represented on this week’s program.  Click on the links for more information about the organizations and disaster planning and relief efforts, and ways that you can volunteer.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

Catholic Charities Agencies

American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

United Way of Pioneer Valley

Massachusetts 211 information hotline