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Fairbanks will host Preparedness Expo

Posted: September 10, 2013 - 12:04am

FAIRBANKS — The state’s “Quake Cabin” will be among attractions when Fairbanks hosts a Preparedness Expo as part of September’s Emergency Preparedness Month.

The exposition on preparing for disasters or emergencies is scheduled for Sept. 28 at the Carlson Center, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management uses the “Quake Cabin,” a trailer rigged up to a motor and generator, to teach Alaskans about what it’s like to be inside a building during an earthquake. The room rocks and trembles and shows how items can fly off shelves.

The Preparedness Expo will have exhibits on fire prevention, family emergency communication plans, power backup systems, weather warnings and food storage.

Children ages 11 and under will be offered free whooping cough vaccinations.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough, the cities of Fairbanks and North Pole, the University Fire Department, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and the Fairbanks Host Lions Club are sponsoring the exposition.

In declaring that Alaska would take part in Emergency Preparedness Month, Gov. Sean Parnell said Alaska is vulnerable to natural disasters.

“Each year, Alaskans respond to a diverse array of emergency situations, including heavy snowfall, flooding, wildfires, earthquakes and avalanches,” he said.

He urged residents to prepare personal and family emergency kits. He said kits should contain seven days of food and water, flashlights, a battery-powered radio, matches in a waterproof container, a whistle, clothing, blankets, cash, tools and medication or other special needs supplies.

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