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Ready, Set, Survive! a safety event for the whole family

Posted: March 31, 2011 - 10:36pm

Safety while recreating in Juneau — as well as everyday safety and natural and other disasters — will be the focus of Saturday’s event at Nugget Mall.

Ready, Set, Survive! is born out of the Juneau Rotary club’s Southeast Alaska Outdoor Safety Expo and Bartlett Regional Hospital’s biannual KIDSAFE events. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nugget Mall Saturday and is free.

SOS began in 1998 when Rotarian Brian Andrews and son Brandon disappeared on a flight between Admiralty Island and Juneau. The club launched the event as an effort to celebrate outdoor activities available in Southeast, but also to offer education on the dangers.

KIDSAFE, which has gone on for 15 years, focused on safety for elementary age children — including bicycle safety and child seat safety.

Jim Strader, community relations director at Bartlett, said fellow Rotarian Brenda Hewitt brought the idea of merging the two events to him since both events use mostly the same participating agencies.

“Everybody thought it was a good idea to put the two together to see if we could make an even bigger event,” Strader said.

The combined event has been re-geared a little, focusing on the safety of the entire family, where the prior events focused on specific age groups.

Some “characters” will be seen around the mall, including Smokey the Bear and Reflectosaurus.

Exhibits and demonstrations being featured also include SEADOGS Search and Rescue, child ID kits and child passenger safety by Juneau Police Department, Tongass Regional Eye Center talking about eye safety, University of Alaska nursing team talking about poisonous plants, 4-H offering a shooting demonstration, Red Cross first-aid training, Trail Mix discussing trail safety and many others.

Strader said Bartlett will also have an exhibit where they’re bringing out the triage tent. It’s basically an inflatable examination room that the hospital uses in emergency situations to bring people through. If there were a mass casualty accident, people would go through the tent to get a preliminary check and be assigned to where they would go in the emergency room.

Strader said there are currently about 40 participants signed up, and that could fluctuate by Saturday.

The biggest thing about the event that’s different is “it does spread the focus out among the entire family,” Strader said. “We like to think of it as a one-stop shop for safety in Juneau. Everything is free. It’s open to the public, everyone is invited.”

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@juneauempire.com.

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