The Anderson County Emergency Preparedness Fair will be held Saturday, May 10, at the Clinton Community Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. This is an event for the entire family, and admission is free, a press release said.
Hosted by the City of Clinton, the Anderson County Emergency Preparedness Fair is presented by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Red Cross, The Clinton Baptist Association, and sponsored by Bechtel, ORAU, ORNL Federal Credit Union, and the Anderson County Mayor’s Office. The objective is to bring together government and civic organizations, emergency management personnel, and volunteers to give families, businesses, and communities the opportunity to better prepare for all types of disasters and emergencies, the press release said. The fair will help attendees develop their family disaster plan, receive preparedness tips, and learn more about preparedness in the community.
One of the fair’s key sponsors, Bechtel, believes the fair addresses an important need for the community. “Safety is a fundamental value at Bechtel,” said Jim Haynes, Bechtel senior vice president and CEO of Bechtel-led Consolidated Nuclear Security, which was recently awarded the combined Pantex/Y-12 contract. “We strive for zero accidents because we believe every accident is preventable, both at work and with our families at home. Identifying and preparing for potential hazards are core elements of safety. We salute the organizers, supporters, and participants of the Anderson County Emergency Preparedness Fair for sharing this important principle with our local community.”
In addition to the sponsors, more than 40 agencies will participate in the event with educational booths that teach self-reliance skills and showcase local resources. You will also find special event pricing and fantastic deals on camping and survival merchandise from local vendors such as Coleman, Lodge Dutch Oven, Northern Tool, Shelf-Reliance, and many others. The full list is available at www.acprepfair.org. To receive regular updates about vendor products and special deals exclusive to the fair, like the Facebook page at Anderson County Emergency Preparedness Fair.
Along with such popular classes as Canning and Food Preservation, Emergency Preparedness 101, and Homemade Bread Made Simple, this year’s lineup also features CPR Certification as well as the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge, an eagle–required badge. To pre-register for CPR Certification or the merit badge class, visit the “Class” tab at www.acprepfair.org.
From severe weather and disaster management to storing food and water, the Anderson County Emergency Preparedness Fair has something for the entire family, including a large outdoor children’s area featuring free bounce houses and popcorn, ID fingerprinting, and safety-related games and fun.
Red Cross tools make it easier than ever for people to make or update preparedness plans with a suite of apps for iPhone or Android, putting help in your hand, the press release said. Download the preparedness apps for Tornado, Hurricane, Wildfire, Earthquake, and First Aid from the iTunes app store or Google Play for American Red Cross or call **REDCROSS from your mobile phone to receive a link to download the apps.
The Clinton Community Center is at 101 S. Hicks St. in Clinton.
Other Ways to be Red Cross Ready:
The Red Cross has several programs to help people, businesses, schools and communities be better prepared.
- Be Red Cross Ready—http://arcbrcr.org is an online tutorial that teaches people to be ready for emergencies.
- Red Cross Ready Rating—http://www.readyrating.org/ is a free, Web-based membership program that measures how ready businesses, organizations, and schools are to deal with emergencies and helps them improve their readiness level.
- The Ready When the Time Comes program—http://www.redcross.org/supporters/corporate-foundations/ready-when-the-time-comes trains employees from businesses so they can be used as a community-based volunteer force when disaster strikes.
- Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED training courses—http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/program-highlights/cpr-first-aid provide participants with the knowledge and skills to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed.
- People can visit www.redcross.org for information on what to do before, during and after emergencies and disasters.
Additional emergency preparedness and provident living resources and products include: