Seniors prepare for emergency situations

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-A group of Region 8 seniors are making sure they prepare themselves for any emergency before it strikes.

An Emergency Preparedness Class took place at the Senior Life Center in Caraway.

There residents listened intently at the Director for Craighead County Emergency, Jeff Presely, went over certain crucial facts.

"With the events going on around the world, like earthquakes, it's a good time to draw attention to preparedness. Our Community Preparedness Program is on the FEMA, Department of Homeland Security format. We're talking about what a normal everyday citizen can do to prepare for emergencies such as earthquake."

Caraway resident Cleffie Gipson works with the Senior Life Center.

Cleffie says learning more about such disasters as earthquakes is something she and her neighbors have been interested in.

"We thought it would be a good idea for him to come out and talk to us one on one and explain to us just how serious this thing can be."

Presley says most of the information he goes over are things people simply don't dwell on.

"A lot of the things we go over, people just haven't thought about. Flexible gas lines. Where do you turn the utilities off if you do have a leak? Electric power, where do you shut that main power off?"

Cleffie says people should start preparing for an emergency situations now.

"We don't know when this is going to be. We just know we're right in the line of it and it will be someday. We just don't know when. You think everything is going good now. Well, great. But whenever this happens we're not going to have time to make plans. We're going to have to make our plans before."

Presley went over certain emergency plans, survival kits and the items one should make sure are in them and certain items in the home that could be considered hazardous.

"We're going to be looking at water heaters. Are they strapped down? Televisions, can they fall off of a counter? Anything that could be a hazard in your home if the ground starts shaking."

The classes are not limited to adult groups.

Presley says they're also visiting area schools and churches as a part of their community preparedness program.

For more information about this program, you can reach their office at 870-933-4694 or contact Presley online.

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