Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

April 18, 2013

Series offers disaster preparation

-- — If disaster strikes, are you prepared?

Flood, storm, tornado, hurricane. Do you have what you and your family would need to confront any natural disaster? Does your family have a meeting place if various family members are away from home but a disaster keeps you and them from returning to your neighborhood? Do you have everything you need to face the possibility of property damage or potential injury following a disaster?

How about your community? Is it prepared? Does it have the means to alert you that a disaster threat is imminent? Does the community have suitable plans in place to respond to a natural disaster? Does your employer have a disaster plan in place?

Starting this weekend, on Saturdays’ front pages and online at, for the next five weeks, The Times presents a comprehensive series on disaster preparedness, disaster costs, lessons learned from previous disasters, disaster warning signs, and facing a disaster.

In addition to local stories and photos for South Georgia, CNHI, The Times’ parent company, shares stories, information and images from areas across the nation that should inform and help prepare any region for the worst.

This combination should offer strong stories and must-know information but it may also allow our community to compare how we measure against other communities profiled in this series.

By the series’ end on Saturday, May 18, our readers will hopefully be better equipped to answer the question: Are you prepared?

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What We Think
  • Feed the hungry, adopt a duck

    If you haven’t already adopted a duck, you have a little more than a week to do so.

    April 17, 2014

  • If I were mayor

    Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.

    April 16, 2014

  • The real lessons of a mock drill

    Valdosta High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions held a powerful mock demonstration Monday morning on the school’s campus.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kudos to VPD

    Followed by a stellar report on Sunday about the drop in the crime rate in the City of Valdosta, city police officers prove their worth once again by arresting a dangerous fugitive in our community.

    April 13, 2014

  • It just plain stinks

    After every rain event, the pungent smell of sewage can be detected around the rivers and streams of south Georgia, and Florida residents brace for more to float their way.

    April 13, 2014

  • Pennsylvania school stabbings: Why?

    The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday, April 10:

    April 11, 2014

  • European bans on emails unlikely in America

    Several European countries are banning work emails to employees before and after normal working hours, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., in an effort to curb the perceived abuse of employees by corporations.

    April 11, 2014

  • Strength of character

    It was an unusual friendship — a tiny 8-year old girl with long blonde hair and the 6’10” Michigan State basketball player.

    April 10, 2014

  • Daly’s return a boost for Valdosta

    Flashy, colorful and always a hit with the fans for his long drives and humble demeanor, John Daly’s return to Kinderlou Forest and the South Georgia Classic is a boon for Valdosta.

    April 9, 2014

  • Too many pinwheels

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, with numerous volunteers assisting the Child Advocacy Center in placing pinwheels on the lawn of the Valdosta City Hall. Each pinwheel represents one child that was a victim of abuse in 2013. Volunteers placed 887 pinwheels in remembrance.

    April 8, 2014

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