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Emergency preparedness fair

Polk County Emergency Management hosting fair to prepare residents Oct. 19

COLUMBUS—With winter coming, Polk County is hosting an emergency preparedness fair next week. 

The fair will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Stearns Park in downtown Columbus. 

The fair is designed to help educate residents of the county on how to be better prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster, according to the Polk County Emergency Management Department, which is hosting the event. 

The county will have multiple agencies of its own as well as from across the area set up to provide residents with helpful information on preparedness. 

Polk County has been hit with heavy rainfall lately and is prone to floods. Power outages are common in the area from winter storms, winds and heavy rain. 

Recent disasters include mud and landslides in 2018 and a tornado in October 2017 that did damage in downtown Tryon and the Lake Lanier area. 

Tuesday’s fair is open and free to all residents.