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COC hosts Emergency Expo

Learn emergency management and what to do if disaster strikes

Posted: March 14, 2009 1:30 a.m.
Updated: March 14, 2009 12:00 p.m.
 

The city of Santa Clarita's 2009 Emergency Expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21, at College of the Canyons.

The free expo is designed to help residents learn how to pracrice emergency management through creating family plans, developing emergency kits and preparing for unexpected disaster.

It is designed to educate as well as entertain the whole family and will feature games, demonstrations and free gifts available to everyone who attends.

L.A. County Emergency Medical Services Agency will display its mobile hospital at the expo, demonstrating a level of preparedness if hospitals become unavailable in an emergency. The exhibit features a 10-bed hospital unit and a two-bed operating room with comprehensive medical monitoring.

Family-friendly activities are also on the agenda for the expo. Guests can make their own first aid kits and enjoy campout cooking with the Girl Scouts, win free safety helmets at the "share the road" booth, participate in a "Quake Walk" with the opportunity to win prizes, and take part in preparedness time games where guests will enjoy free Robek's smoothies.

Special-needs families may arrive early to the expo at 9 a.m. during access hour, during which volunteer ambassadors will be available to assist families.

A special-needs registry will also be available at the e xpo, which is meant to assist individuals who are at-risk during emergency situations due to limited communication, age, emotional, behavioral, or cognitive disabilities, or other disorders.

Some events scheduled for the Emergency Expo include CPR/AED, first aid and city of Santa Clarita CERT demonstrations. Guests of the event will also enjoy the opportunity to learn about emergency communications and amateur radio.

For community members with animals, local and county veterinarians will attend the expo to discuss pet safety and health in the time of a crisis. Emergency pet supplies and equipment provided by local businesses will also be available.

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