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Base officials host first emergency preparedness fair

By Nathan L. Hanks Jr. | Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany | September 25, 2015

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Disasters can happen at any time. From lightening strikes to tornadoes, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany leaders want to prevent the loss of life, human or animal, and minimize property damage as much as possible.

For this reason, base officials held the first emergency preparedness fair at Lincoln Family Housing Community Center, Sept. 22.

September is National Preparedness Month and the theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

With the theme in mind, Steve Dancer, emergency manager, MCLB Albany, said the fair was held to help educate Marines and their family members so they will know what to do in case of an emergency situation.

“The purpose of the preparedness fair is to provide the installation housing residents actions that they can take to ensure their families are better prepared should a disaster strike,” Dancer said. “We want to engage the (military) community to ensure they know the faces (especially children) of those (who) would be responding to a disaster. We want to make an impact on the children so that when they see big trucks with lights and see people in a different outfit other than civilian clothes, that they are not afraid.”

He added the fair also gave parents and caregivers an opportunity to be aware of support that could be received if a major incident should happen on base, including the Red Cross and Public Health.

Staff Sgt. Michael T. Prescott Jr., small armorer repair technician, Weapons Systems Maintenance Center, Marine Corps Logistics Command, attended the event with his family.

Prescott also learned about MCLB Albany’s mass notification system.

“We are a small, tight-knit community and it makes it a lot more comforting knowing that if I am deployed my wife and children can receive emergency notifications on their cell phones and personal email,” Prescott said.

During the event, MCLB Albany Emergency Management provided information on the mass notification system; Sailors from the Naval Branch Health Clinic, Albany provided information about immunizations, pharmacy and TRICARE information and Public Health Emergency Preparedness provided education on how to prepare individual emergency kits.

Other representatives included Marine Corps Police Department, game warden, MCLB Albany’s Fire and Emergency Services, Boy Scout Troop 23 from Albany, Georgia, and the Red Cross.


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