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Hamilton Co. Urging Food Pantries to Plan for Emergencies

5/17/2013

Hamilton County wants its public and private food pantries to start thinking about emergency planning.

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Hamilton County is recovering from flooding last month, but emergency management director Tom Sivak says food banks need a plan in place in case there's a major disaster. 16 food banks took part in a two-day county workshop to start them thinking about issues from not having enough food to having too much -- Sivak says agencies need  a plan for handling the donations that pour in after a disaster.

The meeting had already been scheduled before torrential rains caused flooding in parts of Hamilton, Madison, Boone, Tipton, Morgan, Grant and Howard Counties.

The county's encouraging township trustees and private food banks to have a written plan by this time next year.

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