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Posted: April 24, 2015

Preparing your family for emergencies

The old Windermere Fire Hall will be the hub of activity May 2 as the Emergency Preparedness Fair gets underway.

“The focus of the day will be on helping people prepare for an emergency, but we will have all kinds of fun and activities as well,” explains Columbia Valley Emergency Support Services Director / Deputy Emergency Program Coordinator Sharon Pasowisty. “There will be demonstrations, draw prizes, activities for the kids. It’s going to be a fantastic day and we hope to see a strong turn out.”

Representatives from BC Ambulance, RCMP, Columbia Valley Search & Rescue, Wildfire Management Branch and the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Emergency Program will all be participating and showcasing a wide range of rescue equipment. From hovercrafts and RCMP boats to the Jaws of Life, it will all be on display.

“In addition to the equipment and information booths, there will be demonstrations of rescue skills, a fingerprint team on hand and a station where people can assemble their own 72 hour kit,” adds Pasowisty.

The Emergency Preparedness Fair runs on Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Windermere Fire Hall. There is no charge to attend and every family will receive a free binder to help get them started with their emergency preparedness plans.

Columbia Valley Search & Rescue will be manning the barbecues and raising funds for their organization.

“The entire day will be interactive and fun, but more importantly will help all those who attend be prepared for emergencies. From knowing what to take with you in the event of an evacuation, to learning how to prepare a 72-hour kit for yourself, your family, or your pets, there will be no shortage of information,” adds Pasowisty.


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