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Who depends on you? Fair to help you prepare for an emergency

September 16, 2010

(Pierce County Department of Emergency Management press release) - "Who depends on you?" is a question emergency management officials want you to think about as you are preparing for the upcoming winter storm season. To help Pierce County prepare, Emergency Management is holding their second annual Preparedness Day on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Roy H. Murphy Community Center on 555 Contra Costa Avenue in Fircrest.

Pierce County Emergency Management Director Steve Bailey says, "With the predictions for a colder, wetter winter this year, it is imperative that everyone is prepared at home, at school, at work, and in their vehicles for emergencies that may come up. Preparedness begins with the individuals in our communities."

Pierce County Preparedness Day is free and open to the public. Activities include Build-A-Kit (emergency kits for a small fee), and a poster contest for kids. The entire family can enjoy the equipment show with emergency response resources such as the search and rescue teams, a fire engine, and the mobile operations command center on display. Food is available from the mobile kitchens of the Salvation Army and Boy Scouts of America for a donation.

There will be three training sessions throughout the day. At each of the sessions, two classes will be offered. For the 10:30 a.m. session, the first class will offer information on earthquake awareness; and the second will teach about sandbagging. During the 12:30 p.m. session, there will be a winter weather outlook and information on lahar sirens and evacuation. In the last session at 2 p.m., there will be classes in volcano awareness, and on how to retrofit your home.

Along with the Salvation Army and the Boy Scouts of America, other participating sponsors include: Pierce County Citizens Corps, Costco, Quake Ready Kit Company, Pierce County Surface Water Management, American Red Cross, and many more

For more information, contact Katie Gillespie, Pierce County Emergency Management, at 253-798-3311.

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