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Emergency Preparedness Agency to hold a Community Day

Islandton residents pick up the pieces after tornado hit. Photo submitted.

Islandton residents pick up the pieces after tornado hit. Photo submitted.

The Colleton County Emergency Preparedness Agency, along with the Colleton County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), will host a Community Day of Preparedness this Saturday at the Old Bulldog Stadium at 540 Black Street in Walterboro from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

The purpose of the event is to provide citizens with information on disasters assistance agencies and disaster preparedness information for a natural or man-made disaster. Exhibits, demonstrations and refreshments will be provided by local sponsors and volunteers.

Residents who have experienced a tragedy now know, and residents who have yet to experience a tragedy, should know about three things that they should do immediately. They are:

Get an Emergency Supply Kit; make a Family Emergency Plan; and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and the appropriate responses for those situations. Everyone should have some basic supplies on hand such as a three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, a battery-powered radio, and a flashlight with extra batteries. These supplies should be purchased now. Residents should also have at least three emergency supply kits: one for the house, their workplace, or their vehicle.

“On this day of preparedness, we will have several vendors present that will have booths set up on preparedness tips to encourage individuals, families, organizations and businesses, and schools, to start preparing now,” said Emergency Preparedness Director Suzanne Gant. “Families may not be together when an emergency happens and cell phones, gas stations, grocery stores or some of the other things that you are used to having every day may not be accessible. We are encouraging citizens to come out and get information, make a plan, and be informed. Disasters can happen at any time, so it is important for individuals and families to be prepared at places where they spend large amounts of time, such as home, at the office, and in the car. To find out how you can develop a Family Emergency Plan and prepare your family for any type of disaster, stop by, and spend some time at this event Saturday.”