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Emergency Preparedness Fair continues today in Waynesboro

October 23, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, PA. - It's as important for individuals and families to be prepared for man-made or natural disasters as it is for emergency, police, fire and other front-line units.

That's the theme of the first Franklin County Emergency Preparedness Fair, which continues today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the intersection of Mentzer Gap and Old Forge roads.

The fair is sponsored by the church. It is being coordinated by church member Cindy Reese.

The event opened Friday night with remarks from Stephen G. Sharro, superintendent of the Emergency Management Institute and Noble Training Center in Emmitsburg, Md., and a representative of the National Weather Service who spoke on the Sky Warn Program.

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Other speakers Friday included Art Cordell, chairman of the Washington Township Supervisors, and Lisa Lynch, who spoke on the importance of proper food storage.

There were displays of fire and rescue equipment and tactics for adults and children.

"We felt that there is a strong need for something like this," Reese said. "A lot of people don't know what to do in an emergency - floods, tornadoes, hurricanes or Sept. 11."

Donald Eshleman Jr., emergency management coordinator for Franklin County, said seminars such as this are important to help people prepare for the winter weather that's on its way and how to deal with and report emergencies.

Area firefighters will show children how to safely escape from burning buildings and the correct way to dial 911.

Speakers today will cover a variety of subjects people need to know in emergencies, including preparing a 72-hour emergency kit, preparing and canning food, making pet emergency kits and terrorism awareness.

Presenters include representatives from Blue Ridge Summit Fire and Rescue, Waynesboro Hospital, Washington Township Police Department, Troop 31 Boy Scouts, Pennsylvania Cooperative Extension Service, Antietam Humane Society, Franklin County Mental Health and Franklin County Emergency Services.

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