Are You Prepared For An Emergency? Apple Valley Emergency Preparedness Fair This Weekend

By Nikki Metzger

(Apple Valley)– In light of the recent disasters taking place around the world: from the huge earthquake in Japan to the recent tornados that ripped through the Southeastern United States, being prepared for a disaster is at the top of many people’s minds.

If you have been thinking about it but don’t know where to start, attend the Apple Valley Emergency Preparedness Fair being held this Saturday, April 30th. Laura Whitehead, Emergency Services Officer, Town of Apple Valley/Apple Valley Fire Protection District explained, “It’s the second annual ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll Out Apple Valley Emergency Preparedness Fair at the LDS church at the corner of Tuscola Road and Apple Valley Road. This is not a church based program. It is geared for everybody in Apple Valley.”

Sponsors that will be on-hand with exhibits include: St. Mary’s Medical Center, the American Red Cross, Town of Apple Valley, Apple Valley Unified School District, Apple Valley Fire District, and Service Master.

“What we want to do is educate the people in the community what they need to do to be prepared in the event of a disaster. St. Mary’s hospital is going to set up a triage tent where they are going to demonstrate what the hospital does in pandemics or any kind of disasters situation. The Red Cross will be there, along with several other groups” said Whitehead.

An item that will be available to buy is the Take Home 72-HOUR FOOD KIT.  “It is a 5lb can, like a coffee can, filled with everything that one person would need to sustain them for 72 hours. The only thing they would have to add is water. The items are sealed in the can and a can opener is taped to the top. These Kits will be available for sale for $10 each,” Whitehead explained.

She continued, “Along with that you get one of our emergency preparedness books. It’s called a safety plan, and it’s got a magnet on the back that you can put on your refrigerator. It’s quite an intensive booklet which gives you places to write down important phone numbers and out of state contacts. Also it has a lot of information on what to do in an emergency, how to prepare for an emergency, and what kind of things you need to put in a kit. So it’s a really good booklet.”

Other organizations that will be at the Emergency Preparedness Fair include: Honeyville Food, Verizon, Southwest Gas, PAL Humane Society, Southern California Edison, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Friends of Animals During Disasters (FADD), and many others.

“Last year we had over a thousand people attend, so we expect it to be bigger this year. We want people to come, to get prepared, maybe sign up for our CERT program.  Our next CERT training is going to be three Saturdays in May,” said Whitehead.

The event is hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Whitehead explained, “About 2 years ago Chief Bishop and I had a meeting with pastors, ministers, and different church leaders from the Apple Valley community. We really encouraged them to get their congregations prepared for disasters, take our CERT class, whatever they can do. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stepped up and said they wanted to host an Emergency Preparedness Fair. They are a very prepared community themselves, so they wanted to give those ideas to the Apple Valley community.”

The address is 15500 Tuscole Rd in Apple Valley.  The Fair is from 9:00am to 12:00pm, with lunch provided.

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