Latham talks to Chamber about CERT, disasters
by Hawkins Teague
May 21, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On May 14, members of the Cadiz/Trigg County Chamber of Commerce crowded into the back of the Cadiz Restaurant to hear Doug Latham speak about emergency preparedness. Latham is the chief of the Montgomery Fire Department Chief and the deputy to emergency management in the county.

One of the first things that Latham stressed is the importance of having a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio in one’s home to listen to in an emergency.

“During severe storms, it’s going to tell you where to go and what to do,” Latham said.

Latham said that while some in Trigg County might feel safe because no tornados or other major disasters have caused a great deal of damage in the last two or three years, that was no reason to be complacent. He said that they had had three tornadoes in the last two years, and made a reference to the 5.2 magnitude earthquake that was felt across the Midwest on April 18 and said that people in Trigg County might not realize how lucky they have been.

“To me, tornadoes and the earthquake are wakeup calls,” Latham said.

Latham spoke a great deal about CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training and encouraged everyone present to sign up for it. He said having the training could prove to be very beneficial in the event of a major natural disater.

“There are places in the county that if we had a tornado tomorrow, it would be 72 hours before professionals would get there to help,” Latham said. “Cerulean would be completely cut off (from the outside) in an earthquake because it has a lot of bridges that could collapse.”

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