Local church hosts ‘Are You Ready?’ emergency preparedness courses

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The Mountain Movers & Shakers held their regular weekly meeting at Sundance Grill on the morning of Friday, Jan. 12, 2017, and participants were treated to speaker Kimberly Miller, the coordinator for a local preparedness program aptly named “Are You Ready?”

Scheduled to begin tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 13, in the fellowship hall of Christ the King Anglican Church on Main Street in Hiawassee, the course is formatted to provide the community with the information necessary to withstand emergency situations. A total of nine courses will be offered, free of charge. Citizens of all ages are invited to attend.

“We are neighbors helping neighbors,” Kimberly Miller said as she explained several different situations that could adversely affect the community. Issues ranging from income loss due to the economy, weather events, or tragedies of a grander scale, such as an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, were brought to the group’s attention.

Miller says the plan to produce the program surfaced after much prayer to seek God’s guidance.

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Kimberly Miller, coordinator of the preparedness program.

The first class will be presented by recently retired Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Captain Joe Hughart, a current professor at the University of North Georgia. Hughart will instruct a two-hour course on what to expect should area residents require government assistance due to natural or man-made disasters.

Subsequent courses will be held every other Saturday, the final lesson taking place on April 28. Each class will begin at 10 a.m., ending at noon.

Included in the syllabus is a review of essentials each individual and household requires in order to prepare for emergency conditions. Kimberly Miller will pair those who are new to prepping with a mentor during the second class on Jan. 27. Participants are encouraged to bring their personal “bug out” survival kits along if one has been created.

Future lessons including healthcare, essential oils for medicinal use, food preparation, such as bread making and dehydration measures, small-space gardening, and self-defense are listed as topics of instruction, each taught by individuals proficient in the scheduled subject.

First-aid skills will be offered during an extended April 14 class, held between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. This course will also provide information on emergency communications as well as improvements that can be made to neighborhood watch programs. Lunch will be served with reservations requested by Thursday, April 12.

To reserve a space, acquire a schedule, or receive additional information, contact Coordinator Kimberly Miller at kimberlyapm@yahoo.com or Communications Coordinator Diane Hamilton at dikita@brmemc.net.

Christ the King church asks participants to kindly park at Cochran Funeral Home if church space is limited, rather than in front of neighboring businesses.


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