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Prepare for worst, hope for best

By Pfc. Brendan Roethel | | April 18, 2013

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Marines and their spouses learned how to prepare for the worst during an Emergency Preparedness Brief held at the Marine Corps Family Team Building office, April 11.

The Emergency Pre­paredness Brief gets people thinking about different disaster situ­ations, how they could be affected by the disas­ter, and what steps they can take to ensure their families stay safe and are prepared before the incident occurs.

“With hurricane sea­son right around the corner, getting people thinking about all of these possibilities is especially important,” said Becky Salazar, the LifeSkills Program train­er for MCFTB.

There were varying experts on the subject from within the local area as well as two ex­perts from Penn. State, all with different expe­riences and information to provide.

The workshop offered an opportunity to edu­cate participants on the dangers and precautions that should be taken during hurricane sea­son, including what to have in a hurricane pre­paredness kit and what should be considered while they are prepar­ing. Participants also learned about local and national resources avail­able to them if a disaster was to occur.

The faces of the guests held expressions of amazement and disbe­lief as past disasters and their effects were described. Many who thought they were well prepared soon realized how wrong they were.

Everyone walked away with a better idea as to what they should have if a natural or man-made disaster were to occur. This also answered and informed the concerns of the audience as we approach hurricane sea­son.

“This brief was impor­tant because we are all a part of the Marine Corps community. We are all one big family, and we want to keep this family safe,” said Salazar.


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