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MARBLE FALLS — With September recognized as National Disaster Preparedness Month, community leaders gathered this week to discuss ways of ensuring residents are ready for the next emergency.

Clint Young of the Marble Falls Church of Christ speaks about emergency preparedness Tuesday during the Highland Lakes Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster meeting at the First United Methodist Church in Marble Falls. About 45 people from local organizations, agencies and governments met to talk about not only their roles in disaster response, but also how to get families and individuals ready for emergencies. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton