‘Preparedness, It’s About You’

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SOUTHERN UTAH– The second annual Emergency Preparedness Expo returns to the Dixie Center, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive, on Sept. 10, and is free to the public.

Director Pete Kuhlmann said the expo would continue year after year as long as the event remains successful; therefore, he encourages all Southern Utah residents to come see what the expo has to offer.

What can attendees expect to see at the Emergency Preparedness Expo?

There will be vendors there to showcase what is new in preparedness beginning at 9 a.m., and three breakout sessions that will be held at 10 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. These sessions include information and training on solar cooking, earthquakes, first aid, sanitation, food storage, and more.

Many of the sessions are limited in space due to the hands–on training involved; therefore, expo officials are encouraging residents to register now to reserve a spot. All session registrations can be made online.

“Attendants can see who is who on the emergency management teams,” said Jason Whipple, captain of the St. George fire department. “They can also meet the people of the public and private sectors. It will be a great time to come together and network with each other.”

The 2011 Expo theme is “Preparedness, It’s All About You” and Kuhlmann said this theme was chosen for a simple reason:

“When the catastrophic disaster [occurs] it is not about what the government has to save you it is all about how well you are prepared because it takes hours and days for the government to get to you; so [your life] relies on you to survive.”

There will be a keynote speech given by Bob Flowers at 11 a.m. and a break for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

“I came to this job in April 2010 and one of the things that came apparent is our area is really more prepared compared to the national average,” Kuhlmann said. “But it just seemed like a good idea to get the area even more prepared. That is why we hold these expos.”

dlundin@stgnews.com

Copyright 2011 St. George News. This material may not be published or rewritten without written consent.

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