It's no secret the Sacramento region is highly susceptible to a variety of different natural and man-made disasters that include earthquakes, flooding and fires.
In recognition of the dangers that exist, the Sacramento California Stake hosted The Sacramento Emergency Preparedness and Self-reliance Fair Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010.
"We estimate somewhere between 1,700 and 2,000 people were in attendance," said the fair's coordinator, Holly Reynolds. During the fair 400 families received free emergency kits and 1,200 "Are You Prepared Guides" were distributed in several different languages.
The fair included more than 40 exhibits and displays indoors and outdoors with educational handouts and information to help build disaster-resilient families. The exhibits and displays featured family evacuation plans, emergency kits, food and water storage, employment assistance, water purification, first aid, dehydrated foods, canning and many others.
There were also interactive demonstrations including: a simulated rescue landing by an Army National Guard Black Hawk Helicopter, a Sacramento City Fire Department simulated rescue using "Jaws-of-Life", hands-on water-safety exhibits provided by the Army Corps of Engineers and Drowning Accident Rescue Team (DART), sand-bagging 101 from the California Conservation Corps and triage demonstrations from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Those attending the fair also had the opportunity to check out some of the latest equipment and technology available for emergency preparedness, including solar ovens, lighting sources, generators and more.
Sacramento California Stake President John Cassinat said that the "purpose of the fair was to encourage and help the members of our stake be better prepared by helping the members of our community be better prepared. Regardless of where people were in their personal preparations, this fair had something for everyone."
As a result of the fair, the Sacramento stake has made and strengthened a growing preparedness partnership with Sacramento City and county officials, and other emergency response organizations that participated in the fair.
"We have formed and strengthened relationships with neighborhood associations and local church congregations that have supported and assisted in the fair," said President Cassinat. "These relationships will be essential in the future if we are going to work together when responding to disasters."