Tazewell County officials participate in disaster preparedness workshop

By WEEK Producer

November 13, 2013 Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 7:36 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- Disasters can happen at anytime and anywhere and being prepared for a disaster is something officials in Tazewell County say they are taking very seriously.

The Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency held a workshop on Wednesday to help educate elected officials on disaster preparedness.

It is also to help officials understand their respective roles if a disaster strikes.

Organizers say residents need to know that their community is safe and that officials are prepared.

"People have a sense of helplessness during a disaster and making sure they understand how to calm their community and insure their community can recover from that,” said Emergency Management Director Dawn Cook. “That's an elected officials job is kind of to make sure everything is running smoothly and not only from the day to day stuff, but when there is a disaster they're also making it run smoothly as well."

Emergency Management officials hope that Tazewell County will expand its training exercises following the workshop.

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