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Be Ready Disaster Preparedness Expo

Posted: Friday, Oct 28th, 2016

Community Emergency Response Team Leader Frank Nulty. Mark Brennan/Siuslaw news

Expo next Saturday at the Florence Events Center helps coast residents prepare for the worst.

The recent focus in the local community on preparation and preparedness for a natural disaster continues next Saturday with a free informational expo at the Florence Events Center.

The Oregon Coast Be Ready Disaster Preparedness Expo will be presented Nov. 5 and will feature Mykel Hawke from the Travel Channel series “Lost Survivors,” along with state and local preparedness experts.

One of Florence’s most important community organizations in the field of preparedness is the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT seeks to assist Florence residents in the preparations necessary to deal with problems when they arise.

According to CERT director Frank Nulty, the goal of the organization is simple.

“We are here to help residents get prepared for the things that are a potential emergency for us. Once you know what the hazards are in your particular community, then you can go ahead and prepare for those hazards,” he said.

Recognizing specific local dangers and putting a plan in place before a disaster occurs is essential to effective response, according to Nulty.

He said, “It really has to do with who’s going to be there to help you, and that’s probably going to be your neighbors. We encourage folks to have one or two neighbors that are CERT qualified.”

For the complete article see the 10-29-2016 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 10-29-2016 paper.

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