Local natural disaster preparations

COLUMBUS, Ga. – This weekend marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  News Three spoke with a local volunteer organization about how to be prepared for natural disasters.

The local branch of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster began in the Chattahoochee Valley this past April.  It is made up of volunteers who are ready to help in emergency situations that the government can’t immediately handle.

“Our goal is to organize the community and to prepare a resilient community because let’s face it, it’s not if a disaster may strike, it’s when,” Chattahoochee Valley VOAD president Jonnell Minefee said.

Minefee said it is important for everyone to have an evacuation plan.  She said knowing when and how to get out of your home during an emergence can save lives.

The local VOAD chapter covers 10 counties throughout the Chattahoochee Valley.

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