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Radio gifts important preparation

Published 10:21am Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The key to coming through a natural disaster or crisis situation often hinges on how well we have thought ahead.

With September being National Preparedness Month, the Lawrence County Local Emergency Planning Commission has donated emergency alert radios to every school in the county. The agency has also given radios to all nursing homes, day cares, the Head Start program and government buildings.

These devices broadcast the NOAA weather alerts as well as other types of warnings transmitted across the Emergency Alert System including chemical spills, Amber alerts and civil emergencies equipped. The radios are also equipped with battery back-up so the devices will stay on even during a power outage.

This is a positive step in that direction and the LEPC should be commended for their efforts and commitment to community safety.

Being prepared is certainly important to private citizens as well.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests four basic steps: Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed. Get Involved.

For more information visit www.cdc.gov/features/beready/

No one can predict the future but the given is that being prepared can make all the difference when it counts.

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  • mickakers

    As a PS: Janice and the cat (C.S.Lewis) are deceased, but I remain to be a thorn in your side.

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  • mickakers

    Being prepared is vitally important. I think it was 1998, not sure of the year, while living in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida we had to evacuate due to a hurricane. We had only been living in Florida for four years at this time and were totally unprepared for this situation. Janice, I and the cat jumped into the car and headed west. Traffic was bumper to bumper on all major highways (interstates included), stop and go, unbelievable. As we headed north so did the hurricane, all the people from northern Florida and southern Georgia were heading west and there were no vacancies in motels. We went further west, looking for a place to stay, ending up in Plains, Georgia (Peanut country) Jimmy Carters home, no vacancies. We headed back to Interstate 75 and ended up sleeping in our car on a Wal-Mart parking lot in Georgia. They were very gracious, early in the morning the employees came out and informed us we were welcome to use all their facilities with no charge. I have always held them in high esteem for this charitable act. Thank you Tribune for presenting this important advice.

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