AARP hosts a 'Be Ready' event
by Rory Doyle
Jan 08, 2013 | 1025 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The AARP Mound Bayou area Chapter 5146 continues its series of conversations on Active Living in a Healthy Community at 4 p.m. Thursday with a presentation by Bill Quinton, Bolivar County Emergency Management director.

Quinton will present general preparation information and helpful tips for being ready when disaster strikes.

"We feel it's really important putting out this information," said Quinton. "It's about saving lives and saving property."

The event will focus on eliminating hazards, being prepped for storms, organizing emergency kits, having phones and important numbers handy, among other topics.

Chapter president Dr. Elaine Baker said, “Preparing for a disaster emergency makes sense for seniors, their families and all citizens.”

Baker added that with the "near misses” in the Mound Bayou Area over recent years, it is prudent for citizens to be armed with information and action plans.

The chapter invites the public to attend the open event.

The mission of the Bolivar County Emergency Management Department is to provide leadership and support to the community for disaster preparation and relief.

This is accomplished through Emergency Management personnel who provide education and training to the public.

Quinton added that educated and prepared citizens provide the ultimate protection.

The Emergency Management team is the liaison between the state and county to provide relief in the event a disaster occurs.

The AARP Chapter witnessed this in action when a forum was held in response to the historic 2011 flooding of the Mississippi River.

The Bolivar County administrator, the Emergency Management Department and MEMA and FEMA representatives all supported relief efforts.

Baker said that people “perish for the lack of knowledge,” and the AARP believes that individually and collectively there is “the power to make it better.”

It's about having factual information and using that information wisely.

“We welcome the Bolivar County Emergency Management Agency in its aim to provide citizens with as much information as possible, and to promote individual and family well-being by providing information citizens may need to make safety-conscious decisions,” said Baker.

“Your welfare may depend on your prior knowledge about what to do and where to go.”

For more information about AARP Mound Bayou programs, including the “Drive to End Hunger” campaign in support of the Food Bank at St. Gabriel Mercy Center, contact AARP Chapter President Elaine Baker at 662-741-2683 or ajewelofthedelta@gmail.com.