Preparedness Fair attendees building their own fire trucks Saturday morning. Photo by Peggy Blackburn
Preparedness Fair attendees building their own fire trucks Saturday morning. Photo by Peggy Blackburn

Event attendees learn about preparing for disasters, emergencies

Published 8:22am Wednesday, October 2, 2013

According to Eric Jones, this past Saturday was “a banner day” for Elmore County’s annual Preparedness Day and Safety Saturday. Jones, director of the county’s Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security Office, said the event has grown each year.

“It turned out to be a bigger day than we’ve had so far,” he said. “We’re building. More and more agencies come every year and more people come out. Next year we’ll add a few more things.”

Several hundred adults and children flocked to the parking lot of the Wetumpka Lowe’s to look at exhibits, see demonstrations, talk to representatives of various agencies, register for door prizes and more.

Favorite activities for the younger attendees were building fire trucks, bouncing in an inflatable and collecting goodies like coloring books and fireman helmets.

“We had more than 200 register just for the door prizes,” said Jones. “Everybody was excited and had a lot of good comments.

“I think the big thing to me was that there were a lot of children and they had a great time, but it was also an opportunity for them to learn about being prepared and seeing all the agencies that are there to work for them.”

Jones said adults were also introduced to many of the agencies that serve them from municipal to county to state.

“At the same time they were able to pick up little nuggets of knowledge that they can use to be better prepared in case of an emergency or disaster,” he said.

This year’s event featured nearly 50 different agencies. Jones said the participating groups are directly responsible for the fair’s success.

“We had two that didn’t make it or we would have had 50,” said Jones. “We also had some others who couldn’t come, but said they will keep us on their calendar for next year.

“It was just a great day. It was excellent. We were all really excited about how everything went.”

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