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Features Health & Wellness September is National Preparedness Month

Macon County Public Health would like to remind residents that September is National Preparedness Month and is a good time to prepare – not only for the next hurricane or flood – but for any emergency that might put you and your family at risk. In today’s world, emergencies can happen unexpectedly, whether caused by disease outbreak, hurricane, wildfire, severe weather, earthquake or an act of terrorism.

Melissa Leatherman, Preparedness Coordinator for Macon County Public Health reminds residents that, “police, fire, and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster so the most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care in the event you must go without electricity, water service, and access to local services for three days.”

Macon County Public Health will be providing emergency preparedness materials and information to the public in several ways throughout the month of September. The public is invited to participate.

“15 Ways in 15 Days.” Beginning Sept. 9, Macon County Public Health will be sponsoring an activity in which residents can participate. Each day a different preparedness question or discussion activity for you to complete will be posted on Macon County Public Health’s Facebook page. Visit and answer the daily preparedness question or discussion activity into the comment section. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a disaster kit, emergency radio, or first aid kit each week. A winner will be drawn each Friday.

Free preparedness materials offered at county fair. Be sure to come and visit the Macon County Public Health booth at the Macon County Fair on Sept. 11-14. Pick up valuable preparedness information and handouts as well as preparedness giveaways.

Preparedness night presentation. Macon County Public Health will be hosting a presentation on how you and your family can be prepared during any disaster or emergency on Sept. 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Macon County Public Health. Demonstrations include building an emergency kit; making an emergency plan; operating an emergency radio and learning how to use water from your hot water heater if necessary. Each participant will receive a free disaster preparedness notebook filled with tips and plans that they can complete with their own personal information. There will be drawings for emergency kits, first aid kits and emergency radios. Participants will also be able to sign up for CODE RED. Space is limited. Call (828)349-2459 to reserve a spot.

Preparedness materials or a speaker available upon request. Preparedness materials and handouts are available for individuals or organizations. An organization may also request a speaker to present an Emergency Preparedness presentation at its next meeting.

For more information or to request free preparedness handouts and planning materials, call Macon County Public Health at (828)349-2459.

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