September is National Preparedness Month, and to help educate the local community on unexpected events, the second annual Emergency Preparedness Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tift County Recreation Department on Victory Drive.
Tift County Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Vickie Hickman said everything from food preparedness, health and weather concerns, safe rooms and storm shelters, electrical safety and railroad safety to what types of insurance people need will be covered.
“It will be a one stop shop for any preparedness questions that you may have,” she said. “We tried to cover everybody.”
Hickman said last year’s event went very well and they had a fantastic turnout with an overall attendance of more than 400 people. This year’s event has new exhibitors — Georgia Operation Lifesaver/Norfolk Railroad, Citizens for the Safety of Children and the Salvation Army. Also, there will be free food, door prizes and fun for the whole family, says Hickman.
She said a blood drive will be held as well. According to the American Red Cross, while thousands of people answered the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross on July 9, following the tornadoes that hit Oklahoma and St. Louis, there remains an urgent need for donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals almost as quickly as donations are coming in.
Hickman said with September being National Preparedness Month, they would like to take this opportunity to reach everyone that they possibly can to educate them on how to be prepared for disasters, which can come in many forms. She advised disasters do not have to be just weather related.
Hickman said she’s hoping for a great turnout Saturday. She said as long as they continue to have a good turnout, they plan to present the fair each year.
To help or for more information, call the EMA office at 388-6062. Also, visit and like the Tift County Emergency Management Agency Facebook page to stay updated on upcoming events, weather alerts and more.