Be ready and waiting to tackle storms

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Remember Katrina? She hit the Gulf Coast two and a half years ago and came down on us with a vengeance.

We will never forget what she accomplished that terrible day. She destroyed everything in her path, but she could never destroy our firm spirit, the volunteer spirit, which began to rebuild the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The threat of hurricanes and tornadoes is upon us once again. Adams County, along with the rest of the state, must get prepared for any possible natural disaster.

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The Red Cross and the Adams County Emergency Management Center need volunteers to be trained in various capacities during the coming months.

Any volunteers, especially RSVP volunteers, interested in taking disaster training workshops at Red Cross or Adams County Emergency Management, can contact me at the Natchez Senior Citizens Center at 800 Washington St., or call 601-442-5082.

Disaster training sessions will be conducted by a Red Cross representative and by George Souderes’ staff at Adams County Emergency Management.

One person can make a difference; however, a team of people trained specifically for hurricanes and tornadoes can rock the community.

Since history repeats itself, a natural disaster will strike our coast again.

We must be prepared before another disaster invades our area or the Gulf Coast. The Red Cross needs you; Adams County Emergency Management needs you.

Janet McNeely is the director of the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).