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California: Preparedness and self-reliance fair helps educate and prepare Sacramento residents for potential emergencies

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.

It's no secret the Sacramento region is highly susceptible to a variety of different natural and man-made disasters that include earthquakes, flooding and fires.

The Adams Family check out emergency essentials needed to complete a 72 hour kit.
The Adams Family check out emergency essentials needed to complete a 72 hour kit. Photo: Photo by John McKinney

In recognition of the dangers that exist, the Sacramento California Stake hosted The Sacramento Emergency Preparedness and Self-reliance Fair Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010.

"We estimate somewhere between 1,700 and 2,000 people were in attendance," said the fair's coordinator, Holly Reynolds. During the fair 400 families received free emergency kits and 1,200 "Are You Prepared Guides" were distributed in several different languages.

Brooks Taylor and Sue Easton discuss emergency fuel with CERT volunteers.
Brooks Taylor and Sue Easton discuss emergency fuel with CERT volunteers. Photo: Photo by John McKinney
Marin Sweeney and her twins Brooke and Rhead learn CPR from Fair Volunteer Jim Gleim.
Marin Sweeney and her twins Brooke and Rhead learn CPR from Fair Volunteer Jim Gleim. Photo: Photo by John McKinney

The fair included more than 40 exhibits and displays indoors and outdoors with educational handouts and information to help build disaster-resilient families. The exhibits and displays featured family evacuation plans, emergency kits, food and water storage, employment assistance, water purification, first aid, dehydrated foods, canning and many others.

Local Scouts enjoying Sacramento Emergency and Self-reliance Fair.
Local Scouts enjoying Sacramento Emergency and Self-reliance Fair. Photo: Photo by John McKinney

There were also interactive demonstrations including: a simulated rescue landing by an Army National Guard Black Hawk Helicopter, a Sacramento City Fire Department simulated rescue using "Jaws-of-Life", hands-on water-safety exhibits provided by the Army Corps of Engineers and Drowning Accident Rescue Team (DART), sand-bagging 101 from the California Conservation Corps and triage demonstrations from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

The Sacramento Fire Department share safety demonstration using the "Jaws of Life" with fair goers.
The Sacramento Fire Department share safety demonstration using the "Jaws of Life" with fair goers. Photo: Photo by John McKinney
The Sacramento Fire Department share safety demonstration using the "Jaws of Life" with fair goers.
The Sacramento Fire Department share safety demonstration using the "Jaws of Life" with fair goers. Photo: Photo by John McKinney

Those attending the fair also had the opportunity to check out some of the latest equipment and technology available for emergency preparedness, including solar ovens, lighting sources, generators and more.

Sacramento California Stake President John Cassinat said that the "purpose of the fair was to encourage and help the members of our stake be better prepared by helping the members of our community be better prepared. Regardless of where people were in their personal preparations, this fair had something for everyone."

Sacramento City Council Member Bonnie Pannell with her Free 72 hour Emergency kit.
Sacramento City Council Member Bonnie Pannell with her Free 72 hour Emergency kit. Photo: Photo by John McKinney
Along with members of the Sacramento California Stake local community members gather for the landing of an Army National Guard Black Hawk Helicopter.
Along with members of the Sacramento California Stake local community members gather for the landing of an Army National Guard Black Hawk Helicopter. Photo: Photo by John McKinney

As a result of the fair, the Sacramento stake has made and strengthened a growing preparedness partnership with Sacramento City and county officials, and other emergency response organizations that participated in the fair.

"We have formed and strengthened relationships with neighborhood associations and local church congregations that have supported and assisted in the fair," said President Cassinat. "These relationships will be essential in the future if we are going to work together when responding to disasters."