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Volunteers Train For Disaster In Kent County

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - In the event of an emergency, what kind of things might you need but not have? Somewhere near the top of the list are definitely going to be food and water.

That's exactly what people were getting during the Delaware Emergency Management Agency's point of distribution exercise in Kent County Wednesday morning.

"Each team helps loads the car for the occupant based on the number of commodities we're distributing at any given time. When it's over, everybody will stand clear, and they'll wave the vehicle through.," said Russell Rozanski, a volunteer at the event. "We have ready to eat meals, water and in the event of a real disaster there might be tarps perhaps, as well."

Rozanski was one of the many volunteers here behind the fire house in Camden practicing for a potential emergency. He and the other volunteers took a class last week and are now trying out what they learned.

"There may be instances where we need to distribute food, water or other supplies to people, because they're out of power, not able to get water," said Gary Laing, a spokesman for DEMA. "It could be a long-term event. The community has to be prepared. You need volunteers who know how to do that."

And the vehicles these people practiced on were real. About 100 came through during the drill. A notice went out on social media asking the public to swing by and saying they could get free stuff.

"If you didn't have these vehicles rolling through, you wouldn't be able to get the practical practice," said Laing.

But Rozanski says this is about more than giving people free stuff.

"You want to learn in advance, so you can be prepared. Nobody wants to be learning on the job in the event of an emergency," he said. "I'd say we are all here feeling much more prepared to come out and help today than we were feeling last week."

This is the third time DEMA has done this annual drill. The first time was in New Castle County. The second year was in Sussex County. And this year it was held for the first time in Kent County.

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