The city together with disaster response agencies will host the first-ever Disaster Preparedness Expo next week to help residents prepare for incidents such as earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods, and other emergencies.
The free event, open to the public, will be on Wednesday, November. 18, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at City Hall in the Council Chambers.
“By the time a disaster occurs, the time for preparation has passed,” Mayor Laurie Gere said. “This event will give Anacortes residents an opportunity to learn, prepare, and purchase shelf stable products that they need ahead of time to prepare for disasters that may happen, so that they can be ready to help themselves, their families and their neighbors.”
The Emergency Preparedness Expo will feature emergency supplies and food for purchase, prizes, and information booths on topics such as:
- How to set aside minimum supplies of food, water and other basic survival tools
- How to build a family evacuation and response plan
- How to engage your neighbors in disaster planning
- Emergency Response Vehicle/Equipment displays
The Emergency Preparedness EXPO is sponsored by the City of Anacortes. Additional participants include Skagit County, Skagit 911, Washington National Guard, Amateur Radio Emergency Service, West Skagit CERT, Thrive Life, American Preparedness, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Puget Sound Refinery, Costco, Lifetec, and Transition Fidalgo & Friends.