For more than a year, David Adams, president of the nonprofit Conscience Group Corp., has been working to develop its Disaster Resilient Emergency Management Awareness project that pays attention to disadvantaged minority communities.
Now, thanks to an agreement with Clairton, the project has the office space that would serve as the pilot site for what Adams hopes to expand the program throughout Allegheny County, and that it becomes a national initiative.”
“This plan is for everyone, but it’s the only one that incorporates a cultural component for communities that find themselves less informed,” said Adams. “We are looking at filling gaps in emergency services at the state and local level.”
The Clairton City Council voted 4-0 to approve a contract that gives the Conscience Group space in city hall and the green light to develop DREMA in Clairton. but it was not an easy sell. When first scheduled for a vote in November, council tabled the motion because they, and several residents, wanted a better understanding of the project.