LWV of Sussex set Oct. 8 forum on Extreme Weather Events

September 24, 2013

The League of Women Voters Sussex County is presenting a free, public forum on Extreme Weather Events: What Sussex County does and what you can do to be safe.

The forum will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Beebe Medical Arts Building Conference Room on Route 24 in Rehoboth Beach. Speakers will be Joe Thomas, Wendy Carey, George Junkin and John Mateyko.

At the forum Thomas will speak as the director of the Emergency Operations Center for Sussex County. Few people have been to the center and most people living here have no idea of the thought that goes into keeping the residents safe on a daily basis much less in extreme weather events. Everyone who attends will sleep better after learning what the EOC does under Thomas' able direction.

Carey was instrumental in preparing a book, "Delaware Homeowners Handbook to prepare for Natural Hazards," which describes the types of natural hazards in Delaware including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and extreme heat. Carey will discuss the things you can do as a resident to make people safer wherever they live and what one needs to have on hand for the period after a weather event.

Junkin, a resident of South Bethany, will relate his first-hand account of the impact of Hurricane Sandy on him and his home. Mateyko will give an overview of extreme weather issues from his perspective as a “green” architect in Sussex County.

This well-rounded panel of speakers will present an interesting and challenging view of what Sussex County residents can do for themselves and where they can look for guidance and assistance during extreme weather events in the future.

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