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Marsha McLean: Emergency Expo helps residents prepare for disaster

Live from City Hall

Posted: March 13, 2009 12:09 a.m.
Updated: March 13, 2009 4:55 a.m.
California residents are not strangers to emergencies. Disaster strikes in many forms, and almost always without warning, but the burden can consistently be lessened when we anticipate a surprise. Many families are left in worse condition than ever imagined because they failed to properly prepare. To avoid this common tragedy, the city of Santa Clarita does its best to help residents proactively prepare for emergencies.

The city holds the 2009 Emergency Expo Saturday, March 21 at College of the Canyons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free Emergency Expo is designed to help residents learn how to exercise emergency management through creating family plans, developing emergency kits, staying informed and more. Designed to educate and entertain, the event will feature games, demonstrations and free gifts available to everyone who attends.

Some attractions scheduled for the Emergency Expo include CPR/AED, first aid and city of Santa Clarita CERT demonstrations.

Guests can also learn about emergency communications and amateur radio.

Family-friendly activities are also on the agenda for the 2009 Emergency Expo. Guests can make their own first-aid kits and enjoy camp-out cooking with the Girl Scouts, win free safety helmets at the Share the Road booth, participate in a "Quake Walk" with the opportunity to win prizes, and take part in preparedness time games where participants will enjoy free smoothies from Robek's.

Kids can also watch the American Red Cross puppet show, meet Smokey Bear and learn emergency preparedness techniques to practice at school.

L.A. County Emergency Medical Services Agency will display their mobile hospital, which features a 10-bed hospital unit and a two-bed operating room with comprehensive medical monitoring.

The Energy Coalition will also attend and distribute free compact florescent light bulbs to guests. First- aid and other preparedness supplies will be available for purchase.

Special needs registry provided by CLEAR will also be available at the Expo to assist individuals who are at risk during emergency situations due to limited communication, age, emotional, behavioral or cognitive disabilities, or other disorders like Alzheimer's disease. Project Lifesaver and SCANN, also provided by CLEAR, will also attend this year's event.

To protect another valuable family member, local and county veterinarians will discuss pet safety and health in the time of a crisis. Emergency pet supplies and equipment provided by local businesses will also be available at the Expo.

Learning emergency management is a key factor for your family's safety. Together with the city, we can prepare ourselves for disaster and reduce the impact of a crisis.

Marsha McLean is a Santa Clarita City Councilwoman. "Live from City Hall" is a column provided to The Signal by the city of Santa Clarita. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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