Emergency preparation offered to residents

BLYTHEWOOD – With hurricane season around the corner, the Blythewood Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has organized a seminar to help members of the community know better how to cope with emergencies such as the flooding the Blythewood area experienced two years ago and that Houston and Louisiana are experiencing this week.

The 90-minute seminar is being hosted by Transfiguration Catholic Church on Thursday, Aug. 31, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

“But those attending don’t really have to spend 90 minutes at the seminar,” Paul Richter, one of the organizers, said. “There will be displays that folks can view at their own pace and we have a 30-minute presentation beginning at 7 p.m. with a general overview of what it takes to be prepared for an emergency and to see that emergency through in the best way possible.”

Richter said the displays will address topics relevant to enduring 72 hours without public services such as electricity and water.

Topics of discussion will include water purification, food storage, communication, how to secure valuables when leaving the home, pet care, light and first aid.

“It’s something everyone, adults and young people alike, need to know to survive an emergency,” Richter said.

Richter said there will be handouts and door prizes.

The church is located at 9720 Wilson Boulevard in Blythewood.