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Being prepared for the unexpected

Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm

More than 50 people attend the second annual Survivor Day held at the Louisa Arts Center.

At the Louisa County Arts Center on Feb. 23, more than 50 people from Louisa and other surrounding counties attended the second annual “Survivor Day” presentation sponsored by the Central Virginia Urban Area Security Initiative, which provided basic information and suggestions on how to prepare your family for a natural disaster or emergency.

The forum was led by Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for Louisa County, Debbie and Cas Grys. Dana Racette, Louisa Fire and EMS, demonstrated fire safety and first aid while Mike Schlemmer, Louisa Emergency Services, gave information on evacuation locations and radiological information.

According to the Grys, following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911. Due to the rural area of Louisa, people will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.

The presentation from the CERT team, Louisa Fire and EMS and Louisa Emergency Services provided participants the basic information to prepare their family in case of a disaster or emergency.  One item that was stressed throughout the program was to have a family disaster plan and to practice that plan.

To read the entire story, see the Feb. 28 edition of The Central Virginian.

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