Safe & Sound Saturday featuring Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri and Plan.Prepare.Protect, a disaster preparedness project

Education, Safety, Disaster Preparedness

Plan.Prepare.Protect is a disaster preparedness curriculum offered by CCSOMO.

Make your way over to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds (3001 N. Grant, Springfield, Mo., Booth W-15) this Saturday, April 13, 2019, for “Safe & Sound Saturday” featuring Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO). Staff will be on hand to speak about the agency’s disaster preparedness curriculum, Plan.Prepare.Protect, and to recognize volunteer organizations. Also, as part of the day’s events, CCSOMO will give away to one lucky visitor an Enhanced Disaster Response Kit (EDRK) valued at $300.

At 11:00 a.m., CCSOMO Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response Shea Lane will be handing out $500 awards to four Disaster Long Term Recovery Committees from Carter, Howell, Newton, and Taney counties. The committees are made up of volunteers who decide how to best rebuild after a disaster. The award is for their ongoing and continuous disaster recovery efforts across Southern Missouri. Emergency managers will be on hand to accept the awards.

At around 2:00 p.m., Lane will give away an EDRK in support of Plan.Prepare.Protect. The EDRK was developed to maximize critical components and aid disaster survivors. These items include 35 high-quality products useful in thousands of situations. The EDRK is an enhanced version of the personal or family disaster kit used by CCSOMO in its Plan.Prepare.Protect curriculum. Have a look below at photographs of items included in the EDRK.

Plan.Prepare.Protect, is a disaster preparedness training project of CCSOMO, which the agency is rolling out this year across its 39-county service area. To request or inquire about training, contact Shea Lane at 417.720.4213 or write him at

CCSOMO is a recognized leader is disaster case management. The agency works closely with city, county, and state emergency management programs and centers for independent living. CCSOMO celebrates its 10th anniversary on July 24, 2019. The agency was a leader in disaster response in the aftermath of the 2011 Joplin Tornado event and Van Buren floods.