Storms remind us to be prepared

May 5, 2014

Recent major storms and tornadoes in the southern states are a reminder that local households must be ready to respond to emergencies. It is important that families learn the best ways to avoid serious injury, manage without power or utilities, reconnect with family members, and help others until emergency response arrives.

On May 5, two special mini-training sessions will be held for anyone interested in household preparedness or serving as a community volunteer. The free training sessions will begin at 10:30 AM and 6:00 PM, and take less than two hours each. They will be held in the Barnes and Noble Conference Room, on the right-hand side inside the store. Barnes and Noble is located at 1680 Campbell Lane in Bowling Green.

Training will be provided by the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). This team trains volunteers who can help with response in their neighborhoods or communities. They will explain how the CERT program works, and how to get involved. CERT members will also demonstrate which disaster supplies are most useful and how to make a personal/family emergency plan.

“Having a personal or family emergency plan in place increases our ability to more effectively respond to emergencies or disasters when they occur,” stated Gretchen Manco, the CERT Training Coordinator.

The sessions are sponsored by the Warren County Citizen Corps Council and the Barren River District Health Department.

The training is free of charge. For more information call Gretchen Manco at 270-392-4943.