Ivins hosts ‘Picnic in the Park’ emergency preparedness seminar

ST. GEORGE — The city of Ivins hosted a “Picnic in the Park” emergency preparedness seminar Thursday at Ivins City Park.

The event is a part of a year-long partnership with Right Choice Preparedness, which organizes preparedness seminars for every second Thursday of the month. This month, participants were able to learn more about alternative forms of cooking and sources of heat while meeting with the Santa Clara-Ivins Fire and Police Department.

Brycen Williams, representing Your Family Still Matters, said events like this are important for people in the community to take advantage of.

“A lot of people don’t know about it, especially the younger generation, like myself,” he said.

Williams said local businesses and members of the community take part in the events to learn more about emergency preparedness, what can happen and what they can do.

Members of the community review the emergency areas and zones map of the city at the “Picnic in the Park” emergency preparedness seminar in Ivins, Utah, June 13, 2019 | Photo by Ryann Richardson, St. George News

Your Family Still Matters had a booth for people to speak with experts and learn about the proper gear they should have, where to get it and how to use it.

According to Right Choice Preparedness, the most common natural disasters in Southern Utah are flooding, fire and earthquakes.

The city of Ivins provided a number of displays for participants to review, including a map of Ivins’ emergency areas and zones.

The Santa Clara-Ivins Fire Department offered members of the community the opportunity to learn how to operate a fire extinguisher as well as put out their own fire.

Participants were able to enjoy free samples of biscuits, rolls and peach and cherry cobbler made in a Dutch oven while learning about the importance of water filtration and solar energy.

The next seminar will be Aug. 8 from 7-8 p.m. at Ivins City Park behind city hall.

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