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Senior Emergency Preparedness Initiative Hosts Fall Kickoff at the James Island Walgreens
10/7/2014 2:05:25 PM

Today, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging, in partnership with Walgreens, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, and other state and local partners, hosted a Senior P.R.E.P. Fall Kickoff event at the James Island Walgreens store.  The event was open to the public, and the first 100 seniors in attendance were recipients of a Senior P.R.E.P. t-shirt, in addition to a free emergency starter kit.
Senior P.R.E.P. (Planning and Resources for Emergency Preparedness) is an initiative administered through the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging designed to raise awareness of the importance of individual emergency preparedness, particularly among South Carolina’s senior population.  Through Senior P.R.E.P., various emergency preparedness topics are highlighted on a rotating monthly basis by using informative handouts and related materials that are displayed in every Walgreens location throughout the state.  October’s Senior P.R.E.P. topic, in conjunction with the Great SouthEast ShakeOut (October 16 at 10:16 a.m.) and South Carolina Earthquake Awareness Week (October 12-18), will focus on earthquake preparedness.  South Carolina Earthquake Guides, courtesy of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, will also be available in all South Carolina Walgreens locations.
“We are especially grateful for the relationship between Senior P.R.E.P. and its partners,” said Lieutenant Governor Yancey McGill.  “The Senior P.R.E.P. initiative encourages individuals to plan ahead, and having useful information that is readily available and easily accessible for seniors and their families can make all the difference in an emergency situation.”
Tuesday’s Fall Kickoff was paired with Walgreens’ monthly Senior Savings Day, a time when seniors are able to receive discounts on almost everything in store.  For more information on the event or the Senior P.R.E.P. initiative, please visit the Office on Aging’s website or call 1-800-868-9095.

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