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Arkansas stake preparedness fair well attended in wake of various natural disasters

ROGERS, ARK.

With Joplin, Missouri only sixty miles away, the entire northwest Arkansas community was particularly shaken up by the F5 tornado that tore a mile-wide strip out of that city just three months ago. The tragedy could have happened anywhere along “Tornado Alley,” of which Arkansas is a prominent member.

It was no surprise that the recent 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Fair that the Rogers Arkansas Stake puts on every August was well attended. More than 3,000 northwest Arkansas residents looked through booths, took classes and enjoyed the free lunch and free 72-hr disaster starter kit they received at the stake center.

Young women of the stake painted faces.
Young women of the stake painted faces. Photo: Photo courtesy of Amy Weir

Learning how to stay safe during and after a tornado was only one of the fair’s highlights -- visitors were able to get information on a wide variety of preparedness topics, from food storage and personal financial planning to flood safety and CPR.

Stake volunteers help a Fair patron sign up to give blood at the drop-in blood drive.
Stake volunteers help a Fair patron sign up to give blood at the drop-in blood drive. Photo: Photo courtesy of Amy Weir

Community and government organizations from all over the area donated their time, their products, and even their emergency vehicles to make the fair a huge success. Children were able to look through ambulances, fire trucks and a medical transport helicopter, while adults learned about water purification, weather radios and storm shelters.

Fair patrons check out the local medical transport helicopter.
Fair patrons check out the local medical transport helicopter. Photo: Photo courtesy of Amy Weir

The classes offered ranged from fire safety to pet first-aid, and a walk-in blood drive collected over 200 units of blood.

Young men of the stake made balloon animals.
Young men of the stake made balloon animals. Photo: Photo courtesy of Amy Weir

Hundreds of volunteers from the stake staffed the fair, helping with the blood drive, directing traffic, serving lunch and handing out water bottles. The youth even manned a balloon animal/face painting booth for the kids. These volunteers, along with the many community participants, provided area residents with essential information as well as a day of fun.

Youth volunteers recruit blood donors.
Youth volunteers recruit blood donors. Photo: Photo courtesy of Amy Weir
Sisters from the Bentonville 1st Ward show the community what LDS Humanitarian Services is all about.
Sisters from the Bentonville 1st Ward show the community what LDS Humanitarian Services is all about. Photo: Photo courtesy of Amy Weir
A Carroll Electric representative teaches children about power line safety.
A Carroll Electric representative teaches children about power line safety. Photo: Photo courtesy of Amy Weir
A Fair patron enjoys her free lunch.
A Fair patron enjoys her free lunch. Photo: Photo courtesy of Amy Weir