Safety Touted by FEMA

ST. MARYS — As the calendar changes to September, a local county official says residents should keep the threat of severe weather in mind during fall.

September is Preparedness Month — a campaign sponsored by FEMA that looks to make residents cognizant of severe weather and disasters and how to plan accordingly for the events. Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson said fall has become an active weather season for Auglaize County.

“Past history has shown it’s becoming more and more active,” Anderson said. “One of the things people can do is plan ahead. This gives you time to add extra supplies to a kit — batteries for flashlights, radios and other extra stuff that you may need in the event of a power outage.”

Anderson encouraged residents to test generators and make sure the machines have the necessary fuel. The EMA director also stressed the importance of keeping pets in mind when putting together an emergency kit.

“Make sure you have supplies for your pets,” Anderson said. “You also should have a first-aid kit for yourself. Any time there is debris from storms, you can injure yourself. You should also have one in your car just in case you are out and get stranded.”

In related news, Auglaize County will be hosting FEMA officials at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph’s gymnasium in Wapakoneta. The event is geared toward governmental agencies that sustained damage associated with the June 2 to July 2 storms that swept through the region.

“They will come in and meet with all the governmental agencies and private nonprofits that had damage,” Anderson said, noting federal assistance was granted for local governments but not for residents. “If they have damages that run at least $1,000 or more, they need to attend this meeting. What this meeting will be for is they will be filling out an application noting they are asking FEMA for assistance.”