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Monday, 18 March 2019 15:32

Prepared for Disaster in Cape Cod

(TNS) - More practical — and perhaps more stylish — than the latest fashion handbag, a bright red emergency preparedness "go bag" distributed by the Department of Homeland Security might be even harder to land than next season's Fendi.

These red backpacks containing items from packets of water to hand-cranked radios are limited in distribution to senior citizens and people with disabilities who attend emergency preparedness training workshops, such as the one put on Wednesday afternoon at the office of the Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled on Bassett Lane.

But while not everyone can get their hands on one of the DHS go bags, every adult on Cape Cod can learn to develop a response for dealing with natural disasters and other emergencies, said Barnstable police Lt. John Murphy, who attended Wednesday's program with Barnstable Police Sgt. Thomas Twomey.

"The most important thing is the preparedness part," Murphy said. "Get the message out. That is the goal of these types of programs."