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EMA teaches Brantley senior citizens to be prepared

Emergency Management Agency director Elliott Jones speaks to the senior citizens of the Brantley Senior Center on the importance of emergency preparedness. (Photo by Shayla Terry)

Emergency Management Agency director Elliott Jones speaks to the senior citizens of the Brantley Senior Center on the importance of emergency preparedness. (Photo by Shayla Terry)

By Shayla Terry

Brantley Senior Center members received a grand review on disaster situations and readiness from Emergency Management Agency director Elliot Jones on Tuesday.

As a part of his career duties, Jones travels Crenshaw County presenting information about natural and manmade disasters and how citizens can prepare themselves.

“It’s important to have a plan, and for everyone in your household to know the plan,” Jones said.

“You even need to make a plan for your pets, because pets are a part of the family”

Brantley was the third stop on Jones’ county rotation.

“I would like to go around to all the senior centers and do these presentations,” he said.

“My next stop will be in Dozier on Friday.”

The county of Crenshaw has six storm shelters for citizens to utilize in times of a disaster. They are located in Honoraville, Petrey, Danielsville, Chapel Hill, Pleasant Home and Weedville.

“I have a storm management team for the locations,” Jones said.

“Any time bad weather is coming, I send them a message to unlock the shelters,” Jones said

Jones has equipped each shelter with weather radios, water and food rations. Each shelter can accommodate anywhere from 70 to 80 people.

Brantley Senior Center Manager Delayney Smith says the center enjoys having speakers come.

“Mr. Jones was very insightful and interesting,” Smith said.

“We have another presentation from the County Extension lined up for next week”

Jackie Leg of Brantley delivers meals to the community center.

“It was a great presentation,” Leg said.

“We learned a lot, and I am very happy to have attended.”

The Brantley Senior Center is located at 81 Maple Street.

Jones encourages all citizens to have a plan for inclement weather situations. Hurricane Season has begun as of June  1, and will end on November 30.