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Metro Public Health Department and 15 Local Response Agencies Host Preparedness Day in Centennial Park on April 10

4/8/2014

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First 200 to Complete Preparedness Survey Receive Free Weather Radio

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An emergency can happen anywhere at any time, with long lasting effects.  Nashville will never forget the 2010 flood.  Moore, Oklahoma will always remember the F5 tornado that destroyed parts of their town, including an elementary school during the school day.  The Health Department wants residents to know the importance of being prepared for an emergency by hosting “Preparedness Day at the Park. “  The event will take place at Centennial Park on Thursday, April 10, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fifteen local first response agencies and organizations will showcase equipment and provide the public with educational material on how to be prepared for emergencies.

The first 200 event attendees to complete a Personal Preparedness Survey, conducted by the Health Department, will receive a voucher for a free weather radio (limit one weather radio per household). The surveys will be available in the Health Department’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness tent.  Participants will also have an opportunity to register to be a public health emergency response volunteer.  They may be called upon to assist in community preparedness outings and emergency events. The first 50 participants to register as a volunteer will receive a voucher for a free emergency preparedness kit (limit one kit per household). Vouchers for both the weather radios and the preparedness kits can be redeemed in the lobby at the Lentz Public Health Center, located at 311 23rd Ave. North.

The following agencies will have emergency response vehicles and equipment on display and will be offering preparedness information to the public:

Metro Public Health Department’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) – Mobile Hospital
Metro Animal Care and Control’s new Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) Trailer
Nashville Fire Dept – three trucks, one boat
Metro Police – boat, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosive (CBRNE) Unit
Tennessee National Guard – trailer and rock climbing wall
Red Cross
Tennessee Department of Health – Mobile Operations Command Trailer
Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management – Command One Mobile Operations Center
Davidson Co. Sherriff’s Office – mobile booking station
Metro Parks – mounted patrol unit
Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency
National Weather Service – booth
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)
Vanderbilt Lifeflight helicopter
Centennial Medical Center-- Mobile Decontamination Trailer
Nashville Amateur Radio Club
Metro Water Services

Public health professionals help communities withstand the impact of a natural or man-made disaster by educating and planning ahead, providing information during the crisis and by helping to mitigate the long and short-term physical and mental health effects of emergency events.
Preparedness Day at the Park is a part of National Public Health Week’s “Don’t Panic” Day.