Emergency expo is today

Published 12:02 am Saturday, March 9, 2013

Ever wondered what the inside of a storm shelter looks like? Then, visit the emergency preparedness expo today at the Kiwanis Center.

To arm residents with the most information and products available, the Covington County Emergency Management Agency is hosting the event at the Kiwanis Center from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

County EMA director Susan Harris said goers will see the following:

• Storm shelters by vendors such as Survive-a-Storm, Alabama Safe Shelter and Storm Shelters of Northwest Florida, as well as school bus conversion into a storm shelter;

• Demonstrations by the Covington Baptist Association’s laundry unit; the Andalusia Fire Department’s firehouse; rollover simulators by the Alabama State Troopers

• An extrication by the Opp Fire Department;

• Equipment displays by the sheriff’s office vehicles, the Dale County Sheriff’s Office helicopter and LifeFlight; and,

• the Red Cross bloodmobile.

Inside the center, participants can receive information about:

• chainsaw safety from the Alabama Forestry Commission;

• the flood warning system in the southeast by the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed;

• safety tips from Southeast Alabama Gas District, the National Weather Service, Covington Electric

• fire extinguishers from Covington Fire Protection;

• generators from Jackson Honda;

• emergency communications preparedness by Southern Linc;

• hunting safety by the Alabama Department of Conservation;

• NOAA weather radios by Walgreen’s; and,

• boating safety by the Alabama Marine Police.

The event is free to the public and also includes children’s activities such as a bounce house and face painting.