Emergency Preparedness Day coming this Friday to Clearwater Arena

Students from across the County will get valuable tips on staying safe, no matter what

Students from across the county will find out this Friday, May 5, at the annual Emergency Preparedness Day show which runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Clearwater Arena.

The free event is opened to the public and sponsored by Community Awareness/Emergency Response (CAER), the local organization dedicated to safety issues.

“Right now, we have more than 1,400 people that we know are coming,” said Joan MacKay of CAER.

Some of the favourite displays from past years include antique firetrucks, a rescue helicopter, and face painting done by members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Students will get the chance to check out about 100 displays and demonstrations containing emergency response equipment, talk to professionals about careers in emergency response, and learn more about home emergency preparedness.

Some of the favourite displays from past years include antique firetrucks, a rescue helicopter, and face painting done by members of the Canadian Armed Forces, said MacKay.

“We try to make it as interactive as possible for the kids,” she said.

Above all, the event is about raising awareness.

“When households are well-prepared and self-sufficient, it allows responders and municipal officials to focus on the most urgent issues during a crisis,” said Dean Edwardson, general manager of CAER.  “Emergency Preparedness Day aims to provide those in attendance with the knowledge they need to be prepared at home for an emergency.”

Emergency Preparedness Day also gives municipal and industrial responders the chance to demonstrate their capabilities, equipment, and readiness to respond to a crisis.

A BBQ lunch will be available, beginning at 10:30 a.m., for a $2 donation to the Salvation Army.

Emergency Preparedness Day is held in recognition of National Emergency Preparedness Week, May 7-13, and is one of the largest municipal and industrial emergency preparedness displays in Canada.

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