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Some fear pandemic preparation class is too scary

Some fear pandemic preparation class is too scary



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Mary Richards reportingA class about preparing for a pandemic is back on, but there's still some concern it may be too scary.

Highland resident Melvin Miller has been getting all sorts of classes ready for this weekend's emergency preparedness fair: earthquake, mudslide and flood preparedness classes, a mock disaster drill. He was surprised when he says city officials told him a pandemic preparedness class could cause panic among the residents. They canceled the class.

"Pandemics happen. It happens almost every 30 years. We are overdue, and we're under-prepared," Miller said.

Miller says yesterday the city reviewed the class materials from the Utah County Health Department and decided the class can go on after all. Highland's mayor says the class was actually canceled at first because he didn't think it fit into the family-preparedness theme of the fair.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

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