Warren Co. chosen for 1 of 8 nationwide Red Cross disaster programs

Community Adaption Program preventatively recruits disaster-aid relief

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Almost one year after the deadly December tornadoes, the American Red Cross has handpicked Warren County as one of only eight pilot areas nationwide to lead their new natural disaster readiness program.

The new Community Adaptation Program will build a Bowling Green Red Cross team specifically designed to partner with local nonprofits that can preventatively pledge future disaster-relief aid.

The program aims to secure food, health, and housing services to help communities prepare for natural disasters and recover quicker when devastation strikes. 

South Central Kentucky Red Cross Chapter says each of the handpicked priority communities was chosen based on high risk for severe weather and struggle with socioeconomic challenges.

South Central Kentucky Red Cross Chapter Executive Director Jennifer Capps said, “This is just a great way to be able to this is just a great way to be able to serve the community, to be able to serve other organizations and partner with them…. So many were impacted by the tornadoes, like our international population, [so this decision is] just helping to build up programs that will help us recover quicker in the future.”

Capps says the Community Adaptation Program is already taking steps to begin connecting with local organizations.