Juneau is proud to announce it will be hosting the second bi-annual disaster “Preparedness Expo” in September, which is National Preparedness month. The expo is organized to help residents learn about threats present in Juneau and how best to respond to them, how to prepare a home emergency kit and what to do in case of an emergency.
The event is free to the public as well as to businesses, nonprofits, volunteer organizations and government agencies who would like to set up an exhibitor booth. Tom Mattice, the city’s Emergency Programs Manager said, “It doesn’t cost anybody anything.”
This two day event will feature free training sessions on various preparedness topics in the conference rooms in Centennial Hall. The public will be able to meet and speak with businesses and other organizations one-on-one to learn about what they can do to better prepare themselves for any sort of disaster.
As Mattice pointed out in an interview, many families are prepared for different things, but everyone has an area they could use additional support or something they could learn from outside sources. “Everybody’s different, and some people are better prepared in some areas than in others. Everybody can benefit from learning how to be better prepared to respond to all kinds of disasters.”
Businesses participating in the expo will be able to showcase their products available for sale as well as the many services they provide to the community for free. About 43 business’ participated in the first preparedness expo that was held in Juneau in 2011.
Another big hit from the 2011 expo was the display booths manned by community organizations, law enforcement, government entities, local business’ and non-profit’s who showcased what they do to support Juneau. “The idea is to bring all the organizations together in the community to showcase the services we provide the community, and how we can help one another,” Mattice said. The public will also be able to learn how they can become volunteers to help if disaster strikes, and can meet with organizations such as the American Red Cross and more.
The expo is held in Juneau every other year. The 2011 expo was the first one ever held in Southeast Alaska, and Mattice said it was the largest disaster preparedness expo ever undertaken in the area. “Participants appreciated the effort and thought an event like this was well overdue given Alaska’s harsh environment and history of disasters,” Mattice said.
The public can also look forward to door prizes, giveaways, drawings and raffles during the event. The Juneau Preparedness Expo will be held Friday September 27th and Saturday September 28th. This expo is funded by the State of Alaska Local Emergency Planning Committee Grant in partnership with many local organizations. The funding and marketing efforts for this event will help promote every organization involved. If you, or your organization, would like to be a part of this FREE community event please contact Tom_Mattice@ci.juneau.ak.us.
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