Emergency Preparedness Expo set for May 23

Posted May 18, 2012, at 10:45 a.m.

What would you do if there was an emergency? Would you have a plan in place and the tools you’d need to be safe?

Those are the questions that the Emergency Preparedness Expo will answer on May 23 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Way, Brewer.

According to Michelle Tanguay, director of Emergency Management Agency and the Local Emergency Preparedness Committee, an event like this is the perfect way to reach out to the community.

The Emergency Preparedness Expo will cover emergency preparations for homes, people, and pets, as well as introduce the public to local resources.

“[The expo] will show people the resources and assets that are available that many people may not know about,” she said.

Those assets include the Maine Air National Guard, local response and emergency medical services teams, 2-1-1 Maine, the National Weather Service, and mobile response units including the Bangor Police Department’s robot bomb unit. In addition, demonstrations and live trainings will introduce people to the basics of being prepared.

The Expo will also teach people how to make emergency preparedness kits, or “go kits,” for their homes, their businesses, and their pets. Equipment will be available for “show and tell”, and the National Weather Service will conduct weather spotter training. Other seminars include one on powerline and generator safety.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (207) 945-4750.

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