Film and Q&A on Sept. 20 Marks National Preparedness Month

Sponsored by Putnam County Department of Health and the Bureau of Emergency Services

To encourage individuals and families to think further and plan ahead during Emergency Preparedness Month, the Putnam County Department of Health and the Bureau of Emergency Services are hosting a free screening of the nationally released movie Contagion at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. A brief question and-answer session with experts from both agencies will be held after the film in the auditorium at the Putnam County Emergency Services Building, 112 Old Route 6, Carmel.

“We wanted to host a fun, engaging event about this serious topic,” says Allen Beals, M.D., Commissioner of Health. “Being equipped and prepared to face an emergency takes planning and effort, and residents need support from one another and their government both in preparation and during times of emergency.

While the film is a fictional dramatization, it is not unrealistic. Health department personnel are constantly on alert and drill to prepare for any new and emerging illnesses, or weather-related emergencies, that have the ability to impact the local community and beyond.”

Admission is free and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are encouraged. RSVP to 845-808-1390, x 43125, or to [email protected], by Sept. 16. Walk-ins will be accepted if space permits. Food demos and free emergency food samples will be offered before the movie.

The medical thriller depicts the lives of individuals and officials caught up in a race against time to develop a vaccine against a mysterious and lethal virus spreading around the globe. Matt Damon and Kate Winslet star, along with Laurence Fishburne. National Preparedness Month (NPM), established in response to events of September 11, is held annually to encourage Americans to better prepare for disasters or emergencies. Visit, or

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