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Letters to the Editor, May 22

Armed Forces Day 2018

The Ashland Kiwanis Club placed flags at businesses and other locations around town on Saturday, May 19. This was in recognition of Armed Forces Day.

Based on the number of residents and tourists questioning why the flags on this day, I thought it might be appropriate to remind everyone what this day means.

Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to honor Americans in uniform who served their country in times of peace and war. People who serve the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard are paid tribute for their commitments on this day. National Guard and Reserve units have the option of celebrating Armed Forces Day during any date in May, because their training schedules are often unique.

Ron Parker, president

Ashland Kiwanis Club

I’m getting ready

Every household in Ashland should have received the “Ashland is Ready — Emergency Preparedness Guidebook” in the mail by now. If you haven’t already looked at it, please go get it now. I’ll wait for you.

OK, now I want to ask you to open the guidebook and look at page 1. Have you done anything about staying informed yet?

Yes? Great!

No? here’s your chance. Take the 60 seconds to sign up for Citizen Alert and the Controlled Burn Text Alerts.

Worried about a reprise of last year’s smoke events? Highlight the smoke and wildfire hotline number.

Program the last preset on your radios to 1700 AM. That way if we’re facing a disaster event you don’t need to try and remember the numbers or fumble with all the buttons.

Done with that? Good start, now let’s turn to page 2. Review the three-step evacuation process. Pretty easy, right?

Page 3 has your evacuation planning basics. I would like you to check off each of the items that you’ve already addressed. When you’ve checked all six, you have taken some control and are well into your plan!

Now for page 4. Family disaster panning is really a critical step that can’t be skipped. Imagine the stress of dealing with a catastrophic event and then add the helplessness of knowing you could have taken actions to potentially mitigate the consequences and keep your loved ones safe!

This last piece may take a little time and planning. So I’m going to stop here and check back with you later.

But guess what? If you followed along, you’re already a third of the way through the booklet and well into your emergency preparedness plan! You’ve started your playbook and hopefully, you’ll just keep going and finish the last few pages. It will only take a little while longer and may help prevent a lifetime of regret.

Michael D’Orazi, fire chief

Ashland Fire & Rescue