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The annual Preparedness Fair and Safety Saturday will be held in the Lowe’s parking lot next Saturday in Wetumpka. The event is free to the public.  File photo
The annual Preparedness Fair and Safety Saturday will be held in the Lowe’s parking lot next Saturday in Wetumpka. The event is free to the public. File photo

Preparedness fair set for Saturday

Published 9:03am Wednesday, September 25, 2013

For the fifth straight year the Lowe’s parking lot in Wetumpka will be packed with activities and demonstrations during the annual Preparedness Fair and Safety Saturday hosted by the Elmore County Emergency Management Agency and Lowe’s.

The free event, which emphasizes individual and family preparation for disasters, will be held Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“This gathering promises to be our largest and most interactive to date,” said Kim Trost, EMA program coordinator and public information officer. “We hope to have many people come out to join us.”

The action will kick off as the Millbrook Fire Department raises a giant American flag on its newest ladder truck and the Air Evac helicopter flies over as the National Anthem is played. McGruff the Crime Dog and EMA’s new Emergency Preparedness mascot, Ready Teddy, will be introduced immediately following.

Then things will kick into high gear with activities like the popular fire truck building session for children and live-fire extinguishing demonstrations. Participating agencies and organizations will offer demonstrations, information materials, displays and more.

There will also be free popcorn and soft drinks available; and citizens can bring their NOAA weather radios to have them individually programmed to their desired settings.

In addition, attendees will have a chance to register for prize drawings.

Eric Jones, Elmore County EMA/HS Office director, said another mission of Safety Saturday is to make sure the county’s citizens “understand what resources are there to serve them.”

The EMA staff will also provide information on how people can take simple, concrete steps to prepare for emergencies, such as (1) Get an emergency supply kit, (2) Make a family emergency plan and (3) Be informed about the types of hazards and emergencies that can happen in the area and know how to properly respond to them.

For more information, call Trost at the Elmore County EMA/HS Office at 334-567-6451 or Craig Hill, Lowe’s of Wetumpka store manager, at 334-731-9009.

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