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Officials urge residents to prepare for disasters

Officials urge residents to prepare for disasters

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Volunteers with Northwest Tennessee Disaster Services, based in Obion County, will be joining with millions of volunteers around the world Saturday for Make a Difference Day.
Volunteers will serve their neighbors through food drives, green space expansions and community building renovations, among many other projects.
Northwest Tennessee Disaster Services is sponsoring Northwest Tennessee Disaster Preparedness Week Saturday through Oct. 29.
Officials there encourage residents near the New Madrid fault line to take simple steps — through instructional pamphlets, videos and staff appearances in schools and businesses — to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities.
Northwest Tennessee Disaster Services CEO Rob Adcock said residents can log onto the organization’s website at www.togetherforall.org to view PDF-formatted pamphlets and watch videos on emergency preparedness.
They can also register to have a Northwest Tennessee Disaster Services official visit their schools, businesses or community organizations during Northwest Tennessee Disaster Preparedness Week through the website.
“Residents will be taught how to put together their own personal disaster kit, as well as how to construct an emergency plan with evacuation routes and personal contact list,” Adcock said, adding, “Training will include care for the elderly, disabled and family pets.”
Residents can also access the Make a Difference Day website through the Northwest Tennessee Disaster Services website and register to be a volunteer. The organization with the most participants will win a $10,000 grant from Newman’s Own, Adcock said.
The 150 organizations participating worldwide will be highlighted on “The Today Show” Saturday.
He told The Messenger the Northwest Tennessee Disaster Services currently does not have an office, but is looking for someone to work with them.
Adcock can be emailed through the www.togetherforall.org website or may be called at 592-3947.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by email at dryder@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 10.21.11

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