Learn how to best prepared at Saturday event

Emergency Preparedness Fair hosted by many organizations

South Whidbey residents have another chance to learn how to best be prepared in case of natural disasters, bad weather, power outages or other emergencies this Saturday at an Emergency Preparedness Fair.

Representatives from the American Red Cross, Island County Emergency Management, Puget Sound Energy, City of Langley and Island County Amateur Radio Club will be available to answer questions and explain how people can work together to prepare for disaster.

No formal presentations are planned for the fair. It will instead be an open house format with handouts, check lists and examples of what materials to assemble in advance, said Langley Mayor Tim Callison.

“We want to keep the topic out there in the community,” Callison said. “I’m hoping people are getting more prepared. We didn’t have as many people calling during the snow storms because they were unprepared so that’s a good sign.”

The city of Langley has organized a new program called ALERT, Advanced Langley Emergency Response Team, aimed specifically at helping residents within Langley’s one-square mile. The program is divided into 12 neighborhood zones with team leader. It suggests that households prepare themselves for up to 10 days of food, water, prescriptions and other supplies until organized assistance arrives.

Callison said all South Whidbey residents could benefit from attending Saturday’s event.

• Emergency Preparedness Fair is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at St. Hubert Catholic Church, 804 Third St., Langley.

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