East Tennesseans in the past year have experienced their share of natural disasters: hailstorms that pitted car bodies, floods that closed roads, tornadoes that leveled homes.
Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus tackles the topic of planning for natural disasters at the next presentation in its Community Treasures Lecture Series. The free event is Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m., and the community is encouraged to attend.
Howard Smith is the guest speaker. Now a Blount County resident, Smith retired from the police force in South Florida after 30 years of service. As a training supervisor for his department, he and his staff were responsible for updating policies and procedures, including those covering disaster planning and implementation.
Smith will talk about ways people can prepare for natural disasters, whether a snowstorm, tornado or flood. He will cover what items to have on hand, as well as how to purchase what is needed on a budget.
The Blount County Campus is located at 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. (U.S. 321). The lecture takes place in the West Chevrolet Auditorium.
The Community Treasures Lecture Series is a once-a-month event that showcases the diverse knowledge of local citizens. Each lecture is 45 minutes to an hour, with time for questions from the audience. Light refreshments are served.
To learn more, call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action for Pellissippi State, (865) 694-6607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.