CEDAR CITY – Seven full conference rooms in Cedar City’s Festival Hall, 105 N. 100 East, will be the setting Saturday for residents from all over Iron County to learn about how to “prep” at this year’s Iron County Preparedness Expo.
The free expo was planned in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Awareness Month campaign, Iron County Emergency Management Coordinator John Higley said. The expo will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., he said.
The theme for National Awareness Month is: “Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.” FEMA materials on the national awareness campaign splits the month into weekly preparedness themes – flood, wildfire, hurricane and power outage – one for each week in September.
Since this year’s September has five weeks in it, FEMA materials state, the first four weeks are to act as a buildup for the grand event in the final week, “National Preparation Day.”
Iron County doesn’t have the funding to create month-long awareness opportunities, Higley said, so he chose to schedule the expo for the middle of the month and work to line up vendors and speakers for the event that would be able to touch on the “don’t wait” theme established by FEMA. Explaining, he said:
Meaning that if people do one more thing, or do something to get better prepared, that’s one less thing they have to worry about. If they do something to prepare for a flood, for example, put together their family communications plan, or if they review whether or not they live in a flood plain, or add flood insurance, then at least they’ve got one more thing done to be better prepared.
Four guest speakers are scheduled for one hour each beginning at 10:30 a.m. to offer their expertise to the public at the all-day event:
- E. Tal Ehlers, Sevier County emergency manager
- Jason Hanson, former CIA officer, ABC’s Shark Tank winner and security specialist
- Julienne Meron, Utah Emergency Animal Response Coalition
- Terry Keyes, Cedar City resident and author of articles “The Value of Shopping Local” and “The Value of Having a Business Plan”
The 15 vendors who reserved space for the 2015 Iron County Preparedness Expo offer a variety of services to help residents prepare for a variety of disaster situations, Higley said.
Representatives from Wellprepared.com, Be Ready Utah, Rainbow Canyons Amateur Radio Club, Southwest Utah Public Health Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cedar City Police Department, Community Emergency Response Teams and many others will have booths scattered throughout Festival Hall where, Higley said, visitors can purchase preparation items, gather resources and network emergency preparedness opportunities for the future.
Throughout the day, prizes will be given out to attendees that reflect the theme of the event, Higley said, but winners must be present to claim their prize.
“Be Ready Utah is coming down with a ton of stuff,” He said, explaining that there were also a few surprises in store for Saturday attendees.
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