Preparing for disaster is daunting, but the City of Lake Oswego is here to help you take small steps towards being ready for anything

2019 LO Emergency Preparedness Fair

Lake Oswego residents filed into the Maintenance and Operations Center last Wednesday, April 24 to learn about different products, strategies and skills they can employ to keep themselves and their families safe when disaster strikes.

The 2019 Emergency Preparedness Fair put on by the City was one of the most well-attended in the annual event's history, and allowed people to use their tactile senses to see, feel and hear how they can prepare for the worst case scenario.

Both Lake Oswego Fire and Police Departments were on hand give out information and let the youngest residents climb inside their vehicles and give hugs to LOPD's cutest officer, K-9 Chase.

Acording to Citizen Information Specialist and organizer Bonnie Hirshberger, the City estimates that a little more than 500 people showed up to the Emergency Preparedness Fair, with 250 households taking home new, 3-gallon water storage tanks distributed by the City to promote safe water storage for local families.

LO Amatuer Radio Emergency Service (ARES) were on hand to discuss how they fill the gaps when communication infrastructure fails during natural disasters like earthquakes or heavy storms, and Prep LO demonstrated a portable toilet that keeps your home sanitary in the event that sewer services breaks down.

Asst. Fire Chief Dave Morris — along with honorary LOFD member Jamie Inglis of Parks & Rec — took the opportunity to teach hands-only CPR and inform people the improtance of beginning CPR on victims of cardiac arrest before first responders arrive in order to improve one's chance of survival.

The amount of information available at the fair was nearly overwhelming. But preparing for disaster begins with small steps to keeping your home and family aware of the dangers that could strike at any minute, and those small steps were on display for residents to take what they could and implement it into their personal emergency preparedness plans.

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