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Emergency preparedness fair and health fair


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By PATSY STODDARD
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Gracie Huntington gets her finger print taken by the sheriff's office.

The Emergency Preparedness and Health fair was held on Sept. 23 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. A variety of activities and booths awaited visitors to the fair. Also at the Emery Medical Center, cancer screenings were held for prostate, breast and skin cancers.

Booths included eye exams, DNA, finger printing, on hand training, what to do and what not to do in emergency situations, gas, light, water, Haz Mat and the Red Cross. There were door prizes raffled and a surprise at noon. The Lions Club sold hamburgers and hot dogs.

Are You Ready?

Students and their parents visit the emergency preparedness fair and receive safety information.

Americans have been charged to be prepared for possible man-made disasters as well as natural ones. The State of Utah is accepting that charge and turning it into action with the "Be Ready Utah" emergency preparedness campaign for individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities.

Earlier this year, Lt. Gov. Gary R. Herbert launched the campaign at the Midyear Convention for the Utah League of Cities and Towns in St. George Utah to provide the opportunity for every local mayor to be informed and trained to lead the way in disaster preparedness so that when disaster strikes, their community would be prepared to respond. The "Be Ready Utah" campaign is led by the Utah Commission on Volunteers, the Utah Division of Public Safety, the Utah Emergency Management Association and the Utah State Office of Education, along with schools, churches and businesses.

The real goal though, is that at some point, every individual in the State of Utah will actually step up to the plate and 1- Be informed, 2- Make a plan, 3- Make a kit and 4- Volunteer. "As we've seen in every situation our state has experienced, whether it's houses falling into the river in St. George or helping Katrina evacuees from the Gulf," states Kathy Hyde, COV Executive Director, "the most reliable plan for success is for each of us to take personal responsibility to be prepared. Then we will be ready."



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