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LEWISBURG, W. Va (WVVA)-- September is National Preparedness Month, and Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management is launching a series of town-hall style meetings to get communities in gear in case of another emergency like the June 29 storm.

They are also seeking feedback from those attending about what worked, what needed improvements, and ideas for better serving the county in the event of another disaster.

GCHSEM officials said its staff, along with volunteers and FEMA, worked hard and in some cases are still working to recover from the June derecho. But they want to be ready, and they want to stress the importance of being prepared before another big one.

At the meetings, the organization will also present tips like having non-perishable food, bottled water, a first aid kit, and other resources on hand in case of another emergency.  They suggest having an evacuation plan and a family calling tree, even printing out important documents and medical records in case your family has to leave home quickly. 

Their slogan for this month's preparedness tips is "The first 72 is on you."

"It is important to be ready to live without power and running water for at least 72 hours," said deputy director Paula Brown. "Within 72 hours, we can get help through the state and move in supplies if the disaster is bad enough to need it. But it could take at least that long to get people help."

To find a preparedness meeting in your area, check the list below:

(Place, Location, Date and Time)

Renick- Renick Fire Dept     September 10, 7 PM

Rainelle- City Hall               September 20, 7 PM

Ronceverte- City Hall          September 24, 6 PM

Lewisburg- City Hall           September 25, 6 PM

Rupert- Community Building; September 26, 6 PM

Alderson- City Hall              September 27, 7 PM

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