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Emergency preparedness events planned for people with disabilities

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Exceptional Living 101 is hosting emergency preparedness events in Augusta for the disability community from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 28, at Walton Options.

In partnership with the Georgia Advocacy Office and with the support of the Georgia Council on
Developmental Disabilities, these events will help to inform individuals with intellectual and
developmental disabilities, their families, and the community about public safety, according to a news release from the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities.

During these emergency preparedness meetings, attendees will be educated and be informed about
emergency preparedness and will also have the opportunity to participate in the no-cost raffle to
win emergency preparedness prizes, including a phone power bank, a carbon monoxide monitor, a
weather radio, first aid kits and flashlights.

“Exceptional Living 101, a GCDD grantee, and The Georgia Advocacy Office are working on a
statewide emergency preparedness initiative for people with disabilities. We are collaborating with
Walton Options who will host an in-person Emergency Preparedness Listening Session for
individuals with disabilities,” said Naomi Williams, Founder and Owner of Exceptional Living 101, in the news release.

“We are looking to hear from people within the disability community, as well as their family and
friends that provide supports, regarding their lived experiences in dealing with and managing
emergency situations and accessing services. We are excited to have you, and those you support
through your advocacy efforts, attend,” said Williams. “Emergencies happen every day. We want to
hear from the community and learn what you consider an emergency, how you prepare for it and
what supports you need or barriers you encounter,”

A virtual event will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 14.

For more information, contact (706) 426-1936. These events are free, but registration is required. To register, click here.

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