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Emergency Expo offers SCV residents advice

Recent quakes provided motivation for some to attend Saturday’s safety event

Posted: March 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Los Angeles County firefighters demonstrate the Jaws of Life at the KHTS Emergency Expo. Photos by Charlie Kaijo.

A collection of emergency response personnel was on hand Saturday for an expo geared at informing Santa Clarita Valley residents about how they can be prepared in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

The importance of such preparedness was especially clear following a series of earthquakes that shook up Southern California late Friday night and throughout Saturday.

“The day will happen when we’ll have another disaster here in Santa Clarita, unfortunately,” said Carl Goldman, the co-owner of KHTS-AM 1220, which put on the station’s fifth annual KHTS Home and Garden Show and Emergency Expo at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Saturday.

Goldman said the event provides attendees with the opportunity to hear advice from emergency personnel — including from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, among others — as well as collect handouts and information on how to be prepared if and when a disaster strikes.

Attendee Ann Tosto said she was motivated to go to the event in part because of the recent earthquakes.

“After experiencing that, I kind of wanted to learn more about being prepared for future earthquakes,” she said.

Some advice given to attendees was to keep plenty of food and water on hand in case of a major earthquake or other natural disaster.

Having plenty of batteries on hand, as well as ready access to a wrench that can be used to turn off gas service, are also important, according to officials.

Self-sufficiency is key, officials said, because of the number of people who are going to need assistance in case of a major earthquake event.

“I was very impressed by the expo,” said attendee Jim Roth. “I thought there were a lot of good displays and also a lot of good information.”

The expo continues Sunday (March 30) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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