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Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Coalition introduces new chairman

Curt Scott assumed duties as chairman of the Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Coalition at the organization’s regular meeting July 13 at the Gig Harbor Fire Department’s headquarters.
Curt Scott assumed duties as chairman of the Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Coalition at the organization’s regular meeting July 13 at the Gig Harbor Fire Department’s headquarters. Special to the Gateway

The Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Coalition, under the leadership of its new chairman, Home resident Curt Scott, held its July meeting at the Gig Harbor Fire Department’s headquarters.

Scott, relieving longtime PEPC member Don Lee, thanked Lee for his productive two year tour of duty as chairman.

Scott, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and pilot, has been a professor of aviation studies at Green River College, an officer in the Washington Pilots Association, and lecturer on the vital role of community airports in times of emergencies.

Scott hopes to increase communication and wants PEP-C to describe our communities’ disaster risks as likely, “without making them seem too scary to think about.” He wants to continue to emphasize that preparation is essential and practical.

Members noted that the booklet “How to Get Ready in a Year” and the Pierce County “Bucket List” pamphlet are good for this purpose. Scott plans publicizing existing PEP-C efforts and cooperation with entities like the ham radio group, ARES, and local radio station KGHP FM as methods of emergency communications so the community will know to whom to turn in an emergency.

PEP-C will participate in National Night Out, Aug. 2 at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, where it will have a tent with a sno-cone machine, sample water barrels, and printed material, including copies of the new PEP-C newsletter.

PEP-C will also have a booth at the Fox Island Fair, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Nichols Community Center. Sample water barrels and printed materials will be available.

The public is invited to participate in or simply attend PEP-C meetings. The next one is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One, 10222 Bujacich Road NW, Gig Harbor.

For more information, visit PEP-C.ORG.

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