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April 4, 2014

Pontotoc County Emergency Preparedness Fair set for Monday

Ada —

  The Pontotoc County Emergency Preparedness Fair is coming to the Agri-plex Monday, April 7, starting at 6 p.m. 

The fair will be held in the convention center and will emphasize being prepared for emergencies, such as natural disasters.

The first 100 families to attend will receive a free starter kit worth $50. Each kit contains a weather radio, flashlight, wrench, hand sanitizer, local maps, can opener, whistle, etc.

Janna Kelley, with the OSU Extension Office, said an expert will be on hand to inform attendees how to build their emergency preparedness starter kit.

Also attending will be first responders (EMS, firefighters, law enforcement), Pontotoc County Emergency Management, and storm shelter experts. KTEN meteorologist Stephen Nehrenz will be on hand to speak about being weather ready.

Kelley said admission is free, door prizes will be given away and all county residents are welcome to attend.

"My goal with this is so people would know the faces who are coming if it's an emergency; they'll see who their responders are," Kelley said. 

"This event is being planned by the Pontotoc County Home and Community Education Clubs in partnership with Pontotoc County Emergency Management, and Pontotoc County OSU Extension. We have received community donations along with a $1,000 grant to put this event on for our county residents, and are very excited that the first 100 familes will receive a free emergency starter kit that will include a weather radio. Each kit is valued at $50," she said.

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