Worth co. residents prepare for disasters

Worth co. residents prepare for disasters
Gina Connell
Gina Connell

WORTH CO., GA (WALB) - People in Worth County participated in a community disaster drill to help them prepare for various emergencies.

They met Thursday morning at the Worth County Agricultural Pavilion to learn the steps each resident should take when disaster strikes.

This is the sixth year the county has hosted a community disaster drill, but this year's drill is different.

They're offering a combination of flu shots, rabies shots, and emergency preparedness.

About 20 community agencies participated to test emergency plans and work on inter-agency cooperation.

Residents can get flu shots for $25 and their dogs can get their flu shots for $11.

Health officials said the more people who take advantage of the drill, the more prepared responders will be at handling heavy traffic during real disasters.

Worth County Health Department Nurse Manager Gina Connell said the drill gives the county the ability to care for their own, instead of relying on neighboring counties to help.

"To be able to work together as a unit within our community makes a big difference, and I hope that other people within our community will take advantage of this," said Connell.

Connell said people need to attend these drills even if they don't need their shots because they can get a better feel for protocol during emergencies.

The drill began at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 1 p.m.

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