Press Release

Utica, NY: Catholic Charities Oneida/Madison County will host a week long (January 23-27, 2017) internal training on Emergency Planning Services. Members from the US Army Reserve, 1st Mission Support Command in Puerto Rico, and US Army Reserve Command in Fort Bragg will provide a Continuity of Operations and Emergency Planning Assistance training to half a dozen key members of Catholic Charities staff at the Genesee Street location here in Utica.

Catholic Charities provides a wide array of services in both Oneida and Madison Counties; including mental health, substance abuse, residential, parenting and youth programs. These services are essential to the well-being of the supported populations and the community as a whole.

This visit and related training is intended to:

  • Assist agency staff to develop Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plan.

  • Assist agency staff to evaluate the existing Emergency Action plan and revise if necessary.

  • Establish the internal capability to develop, implement, and maintain COOP and Emergency Operations Plans moving forward, as well as work with partner agencies to help them do the same.

As Tyler Bourgeois, Catholic Charities’ Director of Special Projects states, “The opportunity to work with the experts at the US Army Reserve to develop our internal competence in COOP and Emergency Operations Planning is an exciting one. It is an opportunity to walk through our existing policies and programs to insure we unflinchingly maintain our duty of care to those we serve, while also keeping with the mission of Catholic Charities to serve those who are most in need.”

For further information contact:

Victoria Paolozzi

Development Director

(315) 724-2158 ext. 7002

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