Currently plans are well underway for an Emergency Preparedness Fair that is considered another important part of the city's overall emergency plan. The fair will provide information on a multitude of emergency topics ranging from what to do when an earthquake hits to preparing for financial disasters.
"We want to raise people's awareness of the different types of things they can do to prepare for emergencies," said Mark Andrus of the Fruit Heights Citizen's Core Council. "We want people to understand what to do if something happens."
The Fair will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Mountain Road LDS Chapel and at the Westminster Presbyterian Church across the street.
Although Fruit Heights is putting on the fair, it is not just for residents. Anyone interested in emergency preparedness is invited to attend. Information available at the fair will apply to all Davis County residents as they share similar risks for disaster, officials noted.
"A couple weeks ago a rail car carrying chlorine gas spilled in South Carolina and killed some people," said City Council member Eileen Moss. "We have those kinds of hazardous chemicals going up and down Highway 89 through the center of our city. We need to prepare for that."
Information at the fair will address such disasters.
There will be about 25 displays with information on first aid, food storage, water storage, 72-hour survival kits, gardening, becoming CERT trained, emergency fuel sources for the home and much more.
Those attending the fair can take a short course in basic CPR. There will also be several sessions each of free classes on money management, estate planning and retirement planning.
Vendors will be at the fair with information and with emergency-preparedness products available for purchase.
The fair is being geared for families. Children can interact with a rescue dog demonstration and the emergency vehicles on display, which will include a helicopter, an emergency field RV, a war wagon, fire equipment and the Baptist church food wagon that provides food for disaster victims. If the day is snow free, kids can take their turn at the bouncing inflatable toys set up on the lawn.
Pastor Neal Humphrey of Westminster Presbyterian will put on his chef hat as he spends the day preparing Dutch oven desserts for everyone to taste test.
An emergency booklet, prepared by the city's Citizen Core Council will be distributed to each household in the city two weeks prior to the fair. These booklets will also be available for purchase at the fair.
Vendors interested in participating can contact Carol Stewart at 546-0717.