For Immediate Release April 24, 2018
Memorandum for Local Media Contacts
From: Eric Jones, Director
Ref: 9th Annual Preparedness Fair, April 28, 2018, Tallassee City School’s Football Stadium
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Date: April 28, 2018
Elmore County Emergency Management Agency
Hosting Their 9th Annual Preparedness Fair
Elmore County – The Elmore County Emergency Management Agency, along with dozens of partnering agencies, will be at Tallassee City School’s Hot O’Brien Football Stadium, Saturday, April 28, 2018, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., promoting the importance of emergency preparedness at home, school, work, and play.
Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. We have to work together, as a team, to ensure that individuals, families, neighborhoods, businesses, and communities are ready when faced with emergencies and disasters in Elmore County. According to Eric Jones, Elmore County Emergency Management Agency Director, “The Annual Preparedness Fair gives us an opportunity to bring together numerous agencies, all expert in emergency preparedness, response and recovery, to discuss and provide critical information on individual, family, and business emergency preparedness.
There’ll be something for everyone and it’s all free! Kids will enjoy meeting Elmore County’s Ready Teddy and McGruff the Crime Dog. Adults, too, will enjoy three hours to come talk with the experts, gather preparedness information, and to learn about programs that promote community preparedness, such as Basic Storm Spotter Training, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training, and First Aid/CPR/AED—all designed to help increases the county’s overall state of preparedness.
There’ll be plenty of “hands-on, jump-on, sit-on, try-on, and look-on” activities for the kids, with all the fire trucks, police vehicles, ambulances, rescue boats, jump houses, fire house, and scavenger hunt, planned for the day, including:
– Preparedness Challenge Scavenger Hunt (Search the Fair for Disaster Supply Kit Items)
– LifeSouth Blood Mobile (Give a life-saving gift)
– Fire Safety Training Trailer
– BullEx Fire Extinguisher Training System (Safely Learn How to Use a Fire Extinguisher)
– Inflatable Bounce Houses (Wind Conditions Permitting)
– Fire Department Turn-Out Gear Try-On Exhibit (Kid’s, try on what the firemen wear!)
– Amateur Radio Operations (Talk live on the radio)
We can all take simple, concrete steps now to prepare for emergencies, like: (1) Build Emergency Supply Kits, (2) Make Family Emergency and Communications Plans, and (3) Know the hazards and emergencies that can impact Elmore County and understand how to properly respond to them. We’ll have the experts and information on hand to answer these and any other questions you may have about emergency preparedness.
The Elmore County EMA, the Tallassee City Schools and our numerous participating federal, state, county, and local partners all look forward to seeing you in Tallassee this Saturday, April 28, 2018, between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please plan to make us part of your weekend!
For more information, please call the Elmore County EMA Office at 334-567-6451.
Eric Jones, Elmore County EMA