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Free fair on emergency preparedness on Saturday

Carolyn Nicolaysen of TotallyReady.com shows Dan Russell items that should be in a 72-hour kit to make it through an emergency.

DENNIS WYATT/The Bulletin


POSTED June 10, 2009 1:59 a.m.
Penny Jones remembers the floods of January 1997 that sent more than 4,000 people in the area south of Manteca fleeing.

No one expected it. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky – which was part of the problem - as unseasonably warm weather melted the Sierra snowpack sending huge volumes of water down the Stanislaus and San Joaquin rivers to weaken and break through levees.

“You never know when an emergency is going to happen,” Jones said.

It was the same with a chemical train derailment near Manteca High in 1989 that forced 3,000 people in Manteca to flee their homes. No one expected it to happen.

That’s the premise of Saturday’s Manteca Community Emergency Preparedness and Safety Fair being conducted at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Manteca Stake at 6060 Northland Road from 4 to 8 p.m. There is no charge for the event.

Information and skills offered at the safety fair can help families weather earthquakes, economic downturns, flu pandemics, chemical spills, and other disasters as well.

The fair also can help be prepared for other things such as the death of a spouse or unemployment.

Establishing a three-month food supply, as an example, has helped some church members weather a growing problem in Manteca – unemployment.

Several church members credited having put away a three-month food supply with helping them cope with the financial stress of prolonged unemployment.

Among the booths and displays will be container gardens, information on CPR and first aid, document storage, emergency power sources, the Manteca Police Department’s Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT), employment, fingerprinting, food storage, ham radio, home canning, 72-hour kits, preparedness for pets, Red Cross, Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s STARS volunteers, using wheat, the San Joaquin Office of Emergency Services, and water storage.

A number of free classes are being offered as well.

Carolyn Nicolaysen of Totally Ready.com will conduct short seminars on the following subjects:

•4:30 p.m. – beginning food storage.

•5:30 p.m. – establishing a three-month food supply.

•6:30 p.m. – preparing for pandemics

Master Gardener Louis Solorio will share tips on vegetable gardening at 4:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Craig Burgi will discuss prudent living by managing your finances at 5 and 6:45 p.m.

Everything is free although if you sign-up for CPR/first aid certification classes or ham radio certification classes there is a slight charge.

All information at the fair is being placed on a CD that will be given free to those who attend.

There also will be representatives and various vehicles from law enforcement and fire services.
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