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Madison County Commissioner Chris Snyder (seated) signs a proclamation declaring September as Preparing Madison County Month. He is joined by: (standing, from left) Roger Roberts and Deborah Sims, director and office manager, respectively, of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency; Lexi Evans and Susan Young, R.N., director of health education and director of nursing, respectively, at the Madison County/London City Health District; and Madison County Commissioner Bob Hackett.
If a natural or manmade disaster strikes, will you be prepared?
The Madison County Emergency Management Agency can help. During September, National Preparedness Month, the EMA is holding several activities to educate residents.
“Our goal is to create a resilient community,” said EMA Director Roger Roberts. “We can’t stop disasters but we can change how we respond to them and how quickly we bounce back from them.”
Safety Expo and Safety Town
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 13, the EMA will host a Safety Expo and Safety Town at the Madison County Fairgrounds in London.
Safety Town will look like an actual town and feature at least 13 stations for children to visit. The stations include fingerprinting, a K-9 police demonstration, water and boat safety, family emergency planning, fire safety, amateur radio information and more.
Several fire, police, medical squad, and other emergency and law enforcement agencies will have vehicles on display.
“This way, kids can meet the local first responders and look at their vehicles to see what they do,” Roberts said.
To prepare people to take care of themselves and their neighbors in emergency situations, the EMA offers Community Emergency Response Team training. The 16-hour course is free and open to anyone in the county.
Classes are slated for 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22-25 at the Madison County Engineer’s Office north of London. Another opportunity is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 at the Mount Sterling Community Center.
“The point of the class is teach people how to take care of themselves before first responders get there,” explained Deborah Sims, EMA office manager.
CERT students learn simple medical operations, basic fire suppression, light search and rescue, what goes into a preparedness kit, and how to take care of themselves mentally in emergency situations.
This month, Roberts and Sims will distribute a shopping list to churches in Madison County. The list outlines what a household should have on hand to weather emergencies.
The list is long and comprehensive, covering everything from food to flashlights. The EMA breaks it into four sections, encouraging residents to assemble their personal preparedness kits over a four-week period.
The list can be found online at http://preparingmadisoncounty.org.
For more information about National Preparedness Month, call the Madison County EMA at 740-852-4200. The office is located at 271 Elm St. in London, next to the Madison County Fairgrounds and the Sheriff Department’s outpost. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.