Disaster preparedness seminar returns to Benson

Medical, law enforcement, fire on hand for demos


The Benson Center for Active Aging will once again bring disaster preparedness to the forefront on Monday. It’s the second year in a row the center has hosted the event.

It takes place at the center starting at noon Monday and continues until 5 p.m.

“Disaster preparedness refers to the preventive measures taken to reduce the severity of a disaster’s effects,” Program Coordinator Debra Cardone said. “Disaster preparedness has the potential to save the maximum number of lives and property during a disaster.”

She says because such events often give little warning and almost no time to prepare, making sure residents are ready on such short notice is very important.

“These events are often unexpected by their very nature, leaving little time, if any, to prepare,” she said. “That is why it is so important to put time into planning and preparation long before the disaster strikes.”

The seminars will feature presentations by Johnston County Emergency Services along with the Benson Fire and Police Departments.

Among the information presented will be an active shooter drill and fire extinguisher demonstration, according to Cardone.

“The EMS will be here giving lifesaving tips on how to perform CPR and operate an AED,” Cardone said. “Johnston County Emergency Management will be here to help you prepare for any natural disaster and sign you up for JoCo Alerts, which will alert you in event of upcoming trouble.”

She said the police and fire departments will bring important information to attendees.

“The Benson Police Department will be on hand to take you through what to do if you are in an active shooter situation,” she said. “The Benson Fire Department will be here giving fire safety tips and hands-on training on how to use a fire extinguisher.”

The event begins with a meet-and-greet session from noon to 12:30 p.m. followed by a CPR/AED demo presented by Johnston County EMS from 12:30 to 1:30.

The presentation continues with a disaster preparedness class at 1:30, the active shooter drill at 2:30 and the fire extinguisher demo at 3:30.

Admission to the program is free and everyone is welcome. For more information or to reserve a seat at the event, call Cardone at 919-701-1477.


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