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Columbus agencies & businesses prepare for the unknown

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  In Columbus, public safety agencies are helping folks gear up for times of emergency.

Local officials along with local business owners and organization leaders gathered at Columbus State University Friday.

It's all for a summit on how to prepare and respond to a variety of threats such as man-made and natural disasters.

"The key to this event today is saving time when time is of the essence," said Lieutenant Brad Hicks, who is the Director of Columbus Homeland Security.

"Today is an opportunity for the corporate world to be involved. We can all be on the same page and needless to say, healthcare is going to be an integral part of any response so it's good we can be here to help compare our thoughts and plans and strategies for any type of disaster," added Joe McCrea, the Director of Security and Emergency Management for Saint Francis Hospital.

The summit continues Saturday.

Participants will take part in a hands-on mock disaster scenario.

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