September is National Preparedness Month and a new event taking place locally could help regular people to take steps to be prepared according to Ginger Baker, who explained that the designation for the month is to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.
Baker said ordinary people can face disasters better when they are prepared and she said people need to stop and think this month about making their own family better prepared by giving thought to what they can do now to be prepared before the next disaster happens.
There are simple things people can do around your home or business to protect it, such as checking the batteries in your smoke detectors to see if they need replaced, she said.
"You can protect your family or employees by putting together a disaster supply kit,” Baker said. “You could have a fire drill at your home or business and you can attend the Third Annual ‘Threat Prep Showcase’ on Sept. 18.”
The Logan County Homeland Security Committee is sponsoring the Third Annual ‘Threat Prep Showcase’ on Saturday, September 18, at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Preparedness classes will be offered free to the public.
A stress management class will be offered at 10-11:00 a.m., and the class will discuss coping principles and ways to reduce stress during times of emergency disaster events.
A class on family preparedness will review how to make a family emergency plan and kit, and will be offered at 11 a.m. to noon.
A demonstration and training of a how a volunteer reception center operates will be offered at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by a demonstration of a public health mass medication dispensing clinic, POD (Point of Dispensing), which will review volunteer opportunities and the different functions at the POD stations.
For more information about the 3rd Annual Threat Prep Showcase contact Ginger Baker, threat preparedness coordinator at 304-583-6635 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.