The Dyersburg Emergency Operations Center held the second of three disaster preparedness workshops on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce. The workshop was aimed to reach residents as part of the Ready Dyersburg campaign to ensure that they are prepared in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. According to EOC Director Mark Grant the central theme of the campaign is to educate neighborhoods, businesses, industries and schools to be self-sufficient during a major disaster.
Approximately 20 residents attended the workshop on Tuesday morning and received information about preparations in a variety of events such as:
Ready Dyersburg was launched in January 2012 as a comprehensive approach to prepare the community for major disasters. Objectives include public education, collaboration with industry and business, as well as a response/preparedness analysis for strengths and weaknesses.
Dyersburg is one of the most prepared cities in Tennessee and continues to strengthen that position with the addition of two FEMA-sponsored storm shelters, one which will be located downtown and the second will be located on the Dyersburg High School campus. Construction on the storm shelters is set to begin in 2013.
Residents also learned about the Dyersburg Fire Department's ability to register the GPS coordinates of your home storm shelter enabling first responders to find you without having to rely on landmarks that may have been destroyed.
"The educational tracts are one of many objectives of the Ready Dyersburg campaign," said Emergency Operations Director Mark Grant. "Eventually Dyersburg will be faced with a major New Madrid seismic event and it will be highly unlikely that emergency personnel will be able to respond. Everyone must know that they have to be prepared and self-sufficient."
The Dyersburg EOC hosted a workshop for the education community earlier this month and will be hosting its third disaster preparedness workshop for local medical and health care providers at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 at noon.
For more information about Ready Dyersburg visit www.dyersburgtn.gov/emergency.