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September is National Preparedness Month

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

August 30, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Being unprepared for a storm could be the most costly mistake of all.

September is National Preparedness Month, and Dougherty and Lee Counties had their first ever Emergency Preparedness Fair.

They want to make sure residents have the tools they need if disaster strikes.

If any disaster strikes, will you have the supplies to weather the storm?

"We recommend that everyone has a 72 hour to a 120 hour life pack with all the necessary things the need, water, food and medications that they may need," said Bobby Spencer of the Lee County EMS.

Meals Ready to Eat, water, batteries are just some of the necessities.

Medical personnel, along with emergency officials are using this readiness fair to get the word out to the public.

Many area organizations like Home Depot are also pitched in.

"We came to the program here to prepare our customers and consumers and the general public with how to prepare for this, it's always better to be early than late, you can never be prepared enough. If you're ready for this and you have something happen and you've been in any catastrophic issues within your life it makes a difference," says Wayne Ammons of The Home Depot.

The goal this month is to increase awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage everyone to take action.

Community Emergency Response teams said you shouldn't just think about it, do it.

"We work just towards educating the general public, about some of the equipment we have that's useful for them, put their preparedness kit together on their level,"  said Spencer.

If severe weather strikes, these tips could save lives.

About 800 people attended the fair throughout the day. Dougherty and Lee County officials hope to have another one next year.

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