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May 12. 2013 11:24PM

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PLAINS TWP. — Valley United wants to help citizens prepare for future disasters.

Organizers from Valley United, in conjunction with AmeriCorps, are hosting the Luzerne County Disaster Preparedness Forum 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center, 350 Jumper Road, Plains Township, in the school’s cafeteria.

Among other guest speakers, Plains Township Emergency Management Coordinator Charlie Krommes will lead a discussion about collaboration.

Krommes said he hopes to use the discussion as a first step toward protecting the county from another disaster like back-to-back tropical storms Irene and Lee in summer 2011.

“Long story short, there’s gonna be another one,” Krommes said.

By combining creative and material resources, municipalities can develop thorough emergency plans and ultimately recover faster, said Krommes, who is also the Valley United chairman. He said he hopes community leaders will use the forum to make first connections.

“It’s just to get together so we can have better results than (those that) came out of this disaster,” Krommes said referring to the 2011 flood that came after Lee in September.

Representatives from the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other similar relief agencies at booths will be on hand to offer support

Flooding will fill up most of the conversation because, AmeriCorps spokesman Donald Hawkins II said, this area has been dealt its fair share of floods. But he said presenters will talk about other types of disasters and how to be ready.

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