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Emergency Preparedness Fair helps make preparing for disaster feel like less of a daunting task

PMG FILE PHOTO - Lake Oswego resident Chris Bartell (left) receives a free water storage container form City employee Susie Anderson to add to his emergency kit at the 2018 Emergency Preparedness Fair.

The Emergency Preparedness Fair put on by the City of Lake Oswego is back once again to teach the community how to be ready for whatever might be thrown our way.

The annual event will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 at the City's Opera-

tions and Maintenance Center located at 17601 Pilkington Road.

"The past few years we've held the event at Palisades and have had an excellent turn out," said Bonnie Hirshberger, Citizen Information Specialist and one of the event's organizers. "We're hoping for the same this year."

The fair will feature more than 20 booths of participating organizations and vendors that will bring a wide variety of information on topics such as water storage and emergency food options, emergency supply kits, pet preparedness, portable sanitation, seismically retrofitting your home, solar power options, how to fill a sandbag, earthquake insurance and more.

The Lake Oswego Police Department's cutest officer, K-9 Chase, will be on hand to meet and greet fair-goers. The Lake Oswego Fire Department will also be at the fair to teach folks how to a save lives with hands-only CPR training.

"Since the event is at our Maintenance Center, we will also be able to showcase some of the City's cool equipment," Hirshberger said. "Kids can get an up-close look at vehicles they see every day in the community — a fire truck, police vehicles, snow plow, street sweeper, water truck and more."

South Shore Neighborhood Association Chair and community activist Jan Castle helps to organize the event in coordination with the city each year. According to Castle, the Emergency Preparedness Fair is a great event for the entire family because it allows the kids to get involved in some hands-on activities while the adults get to learn about the little things they can do to become more prepared that make a big difference in the case of an emergency. It makes a daunting task feel manageable.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Lan Shibue (right) received hands-only CPR training from Linda Alsos, an administrative assistant with the City of Lake Oswego during last years Emergency Preparedness Fair.

"It's fun. People are really afraid of the (big) earthquake, but preparing for it with other people is actually fun and makes you feel secure," Castle said. "It's especially important for children to see their parents doing something about it, and because they can see these solutions in action, that's empowering. It takes away the fear and makes these solutions real for people."

To prepare for an emergency, it is recommended that people store one gallon of water per person (and pet) per day for a minimum of 14 days. To help community members meet this goal, the city will be giving away approximately 300 BPA-free 3-gallon water containers (limit of one per Lake Oswego household, while supplies last). In addition, they'll also be giving out one-gallon soft-sided water bags. Add this one-gallon bag to your emergency kit, and it can be used to get water from a distribution center in an emergency.

"Our preparedness fair is a great opportunity for people to learn what they can do to help prepare for an emergency — whether it's a severe winter storm, a flood or 'the big one,'" Hirshberger said. "We realize that sometimes it can feel overwhelming, but really, by doing some small things, you can make big steps to protecting yourself and your family. At this fair, you'll come away with some great information to help you be self-sufficient for two weeks, which is the goal."

This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit the city's website at http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/community/2019-emergency-preparedness-fair.

Contact Lake Oswego Review reporter Sam Stites at 503-479-2375 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: Lake Oswego Emergency Preparedness Fair 2019

WHERE: Operations and Maintenance Center, 17601 Pilkington Rd.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


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