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  • Workshop focuses on disaster prep, survival

  • You may not be a "Doomsday Prepper" or a hard core survivalist like so many shows now depict, but with the whims of Mother Nature, it pays to take some simple steps to be prepared for natural disasters.
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  • You may not be a "Doomsday Prepper" or a hard core survivalist like so many shows now depict, but with the whims of Mother Nature, it pays to take some simple steps to be prepared for natural disasters.
    The Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments and the Morgan County Office of Emergency Management want to help you do just that with a public workshop this week on preparation and survival in emergency situations during and after a natural hazard event.
    "Our goal is to protect lives and property by effectively educating our citizens on preparing for, preventing, responding to, and recovering from all natural hazards and emergencies," according to a press release issued by the LOCLG. "We encourage all citizens to come sit in and participate on learning ways to be prepared during a natural disaster."
    A free class, the seminar will go over the importance of having a family plan, proper supplies needed, home preparations, caring for those with a health issue and creating an emergency list for both family and pets. There will also be free handouts of pamphlets and books on ways to be prepared and actions to take if a situation occurred within the area.
    LOCLG planner Andy Draper will be presenting the workshop. Brenda Gerlach with the State Emergency Management Agency will be one of the guest speakers along with Morgan County Emergency Management Director Rick Bias, who will discuss the potential for natural hazards and mitigation action locally.
    The seminar will go over developing a Ready in 3 plan which includes a family plan, emergency checklist and listening for information. They will cover disaster plans for family pets. Draper will also speak on assembling a disaster supply kit focusing on water and food as well as on maintaining the kit once you have one.
    The workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 27 at the Morgan County Justice Center, 211 E. Newton St., Versailles.
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