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Local Emergency Preparedness Discussed at Disaster 101 Meeting

Emergency Management Agency Director Drew Cook discusses Henderson County’s emergency preparedness during the Disaster 101 training.
Photo by Steve Corlew / Lexington Progress

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Officials from local Henderson County emergency services held a Disaster 101 meeting, Thursday, January 12th, at Lexington High School to update local officials, emergency workers, and the public on the Emergency Management Program.

Mayor Robbie McCready told the crowd that emergency preparedness training has been on the back burner over the past couple of years due to COVID but it is time to change.

“This is considered your orientation,” McCready said. “We need to get back on track.”

McCready said the he would like to see the training intensify over the next few months so the county would be better prepared in case of a catastrophic emergency. Training should be scheduled quarterly or even monthly, he said.

McCready commended the Lexington and Henderson County Fire Departments for training together recently. He said it was an example of how everyone needs to work together.

“I hope this becomes the building block, to reinvigorate, the emergency operations plan,” EMA director Drew Cook said.

After looking at the local emergency operation plan, McCready noted that there have been a lot of changes.

Mayor Jeff Griggs said he appreciated everyone working together. “At the end of the day, our job is to take care of the people,” Mayor Griggs said.

Cook said the Emergency Management Agency role is to…

For complete coverage, see the January 18th edition of The Lexington Progress.

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