Thursday, September 12, 2013
What do Lowcountry residents have in common this time of year besides back-to-school and football? All share a need to prepare for hurricanes and other emergencies. That is why September is designated National Preparedness Week, according to Gail McGovern, CEO and President of The American Red Cross. The inaugural Family Emergency Preparedness Fair on September 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building, 1519 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, is designed to help Lowcountry residents get prepared for an array of emergencies. It is free and includes events for kids.
McGovern adds: “It’s a good time to review your own plan and make sure your family, friends and neighbors are prepared. Whether it’s a house file or a natural disaster, having a plan in place before an emergency hits means you’ll know where to turn in times of crisis”.
According to Liz Sharp of Mt. Pleasant, a member of the fair planning committee and a regular American Red Cross volunteer, “This fair is designed to help families and individuals prepare for, respond to, and recover from ANY type of emergency or disaster. It is unique because it offers not only helpful exhibits inside and out, but information-packed workshops covering more than 15 vital topics. The workshops repeat every 25 minutes to enable participants to attend several. She advises “Don’t be scared—be prepared”
Workshop topics include how to create a family emergency plan, build an emergency kit, provide for those with special needs, evacuate promptly and safely, communicate, respond to fires, and apply emotional first aid. An American Red Cross workshop named “Masters of Disaster” is designed specifically for kids. Other indoors activities include more than 25 booths prepared by County and State emergency organizations, agencies and businesses.
Outdoor activities and displays include a U.S. Coast Auxiliary water safety display, St Andrews Fire Department Trucks, an American Red Cross all-purpose emergency vehicle, which served in the Northeast during Hurricane Sandy, and a demonstration of amateur radio communications during disasters. On-site Food vendors offer an array a variety of foods for sale and free ice cream bars and sandwiches, while they last.
For more information see the fair website www.lowcountryprepare.org.