The Sumter County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is again hosting an Emergency Preparedness Expo from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Sumter County Fairgrounds, Ga. Highway 30 West.
Organizers say the event is designed to “educate, prepare and assist” citizens on what to do in case of a natural or man-made disaster, including hazardous material education.
The Expo is free and open to everyone. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk to representatives of agencies and to see emergency response vehicles up close. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be free hot-dogs and popcorn.
Agencies participating include Air Evac Lifeteam, Agrium, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), Sumter County Emergency Management Agency, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, Sumter Humane Society, Flint River Chapter American Red Cross, Vital Care EMS, Americus Police Department, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Americus Fire and Emergency Services, Sumter County Fire Department, Georgia State Patrol, Sumter Electric Membership Corp., Magnolia Manor, Georgia Department of Public Health, City of Americus GIS, among others.
Nigel Poole, Sumter County Emergency Management director, said of the Expo, “This is the third year for the fair. We hold this fair yearly, to educate our community about potential disasters that can occur locally. The question is never ‘if’ a disaster is going to hit us, it's ‘when’ the disaster going to hit us. Sumter County has been lucky in the past few years, but there have been narrow misses. Our community needs to understand the importance of taking care of themselves during a disaster. This Expo gives us a chance to educate and prepare citizens for that day. It’s also a great chance to get to meet and talk to the people that will be working in our communities when disaster strikes.”