Lowe's, local emergency responders help public prepare for crisis

(Scott Garrand/WCIV)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A local Lowe's store again did its part Saturday as it hosted the annual Lowcountry Emergency Awareness Expo.

The event held at the Lowe's in North Charleston wasn't about making the business money or growing customer base -- it was about saving lives.

"It's designed to create some awareness," said Lowe's assistant manager Rodney Mock.

Those at the event had the opportunity to meet with representatives of local fire departments, emergency response teams and recovery organizations like the Red Cross. They also had the opportunity to meet with Lowe's representatives and speak about preventative things that can be done to the home in preparation of a disaster.

Why Lowe's? Mock said it just makes sense. He said they have plenty of free space -- a large parking lot in front of the store.

"We have a great place to host it," he said. "We offer great information and tools, things to get ready. The more prepared people are, the less likely they're going to be in trouble if something happens. People should have a game plan."

The main thing Mock said he hopes was accomplished by those in attendance -- knowing what it takes to be prepared. He said the most important tool is a simple emergency kit with items like flashlights, tape, lighters, a change of clothes.

"Information is one of the most powerful things you can have," he said. "When you can get that for free, that's something special."