DeKalb Co. EMA plans for disaster preparedness fair

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — The DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency is planning an event aimed at education and a glimpse behind the scenes when a severe weather event or emergency hits.

“We are having a preparedness fair, something we haven’t done in DeKalb County before,” EMA director Anthony Clifton says.

Severe weather and other disasters can hit at any time. EMA officials encourage, teach and help you to get prepared for them, and Clifton says this event is to help facilitate that further.

The event is set for this Saturday at the DeKalb County Schools Coliseum in Rainsville. It’s free and open to the public. The event will boast everything from Public Works trucks to helicopters. The responders involved in working severe weather or a disaster will be there to answers the public’s questions.

Clifton says getting those answers is important, because severe weather is always a threat. “We’ve got fall storm season coming up, October, November, December, and then right after that we’ve got winter storm season right on top of that, and then we’ve got spring storm season again,” Clifton says.

Clifton says door prizes will be available, including a home generator. The EMA asks the public fill out a hazard mitigation plan survey in order to win.

He says there will also be opportunities to learn how to become a volunteer during an emergency event.

The event is set to run from nine until five.



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