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City’s Preparedness Expo set for this Saturday

Whether it’s a disease outbreak, chemical spill, flood, or a severe winter storm, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) and emergency response partners want the community to be prepared and ready to respond to emergencies by attending the Preparedness Expo.

The Expo will provide residents with valuable information to help them plan for these types of events.

The theme of this free Expo is “Be Informed! Be Prepared!” It will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the El Paso Convention Center.

The Preparedness Expo is a fun educational event for the whole family, aimed at:

  • Providing an engaging and informative environment for El Paso families interested in learning how to prepare and respond to community emergencies
  • Showcasing and familiarizing El Pasoans with First Responder resources
  • Making El Paso the best-prepared community in the U.S.

Event features include:

  • Showcase of local emergency response units and prevention task forces (fire prevention, driving safety, etc.)
  • Simulation of a pandemic community Point of Dispensing (POD), and a Radiation Incident Community Reception Center
  • Showcase of preparedness agencies and services

Additional features include: fingerprinting for children (courtesy of El Paso Police Department), fire prevention, utility safety, blood donations (by United Blood Services), food safety, poison control, 2-1-1 Information & Referral Center and enrollment to the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry, and animal safety information.

“Having a plan and being prepared for emergencies is important, and we want to help families and individuals get ready through fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote emergency preparedness and response efforts,” said Sara Saucedo, Public Health Communications Specialist.

The event is co-sponsored by the West Texas Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Border Regional Advisory Council, El Paso City-County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the American Red Cross.

For more information on “Be Informed! Be Prepared! Community Preparedness Expo” visit www.EPHealth.com or call Sara Saucedo at (915) 212-6524.

The Department’s efforts support the City of El Paso’s strategic goal to nurture and promote a healthy, sustainable community. For more information on the programs and services offered by the Department of Public Health, visit EPHealth.com or dial 2-1-1.

Author: City of El Paso

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