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Meeting Set on Storm Preparing

July 19, 2008

By J.R. Welsh, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss.

Jul. 19–HANCOCK COUNTY — Senior citizens will have a chance to learn more about hurricane preparedness and Alzheimer’s disease at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday at the county complex on Longfellow Road.

The event will be held by TRIAD, “The Right Information and Direction,” a public-information effort coordinated by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and the SALT Council.

Brian Adam, director of the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency, will speak at the noon meeting. Topics will include arrangements that can be made for senior citizens who don’t have the ability to evacuate on their own when hurricanes enter the Gulf of Mexico.

A second presenter, from the Alzheimer’s Association, will speak on the disease, which affects thousands of seniors. Topics will include symptoms of Alzheimer’s, such as memory loss and wandering.

“In light of one of our citizens who has been missing for approximately two months from the Diamondhead area, this should concern all of us,” said Frank McNeil, who coordinates the TRIAD program for the sheriff’s department.

Alzheimer’s patient Ward C. Buel, 86, was reported missing from his Diamondhead home in May. Despite numerous sighting reports, he has not been located.

McNeil, the retired police chief of Bay St. Louis, recently took over the TRIAD program. The SALT Council is a group of 17 senior citizens representing Bay St. Louis, Waveland, and the unincorporated county.

The meeting will be held in Trailer 15 of the Longfellow Road governmental complex. It begins at noon and includes lunch. More information is available from McNeil at 466-6900.

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