EMA director gives preparedness tips

Published 1:45 pm Thursday, June 30, 2011

Be Prepared.

Those two simple words sum up Emergency Management Agency Director Shirley Sandy’s message to residents of Butler County.

“Everyone needs to be prepared,” Sandy said.

On Wednesday night, Sandy held a disaster preparedness class at First Assembly of God providing information and tips to those in attendance.

According to Sandy, having a plan in place is key to being prepared for an emergency situation.

“Go ahead and make a plan,” she said. “If something does happen, you don’t want to have to figure things out at the last minute.”

Sandy also encouraged residents to prepare a kit that has a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food. The kit should also include a flashlight and batteries, a blanket and a whistle or air horn.

“It’s important that they be prepared,” Sandy said.

Sandy said it’s also helpful to have a weather radio on hand to receive updates from the National Weather Service on potential weather threats.