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Danville Express

Newsfront - September 11, 2009

Fair helps residents prepare for disaster

While predicting an earthquake is a difficult prospect, preparing for one is not. This weekend, area residents will have the opportunity to learn more about earthquake preparedness and see what tools, plans and items they should have on hand in the event of a large scale natural disaster.

The fourth annual San Ramon Emergency Preparedness Fair is set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 655 Old Orchard Road in Danville. The event will feature a number of educational booths and displays designed to promote awareness of disaster safety, as well as interactive exhibits that will demonstrate the realities of such an event.

The Quake Cottage will simulate an 8.0 earthquake for small groups who venture inside. Other displays include fire safety, extinguisher safety and other hands-on views of how to deal with disasters and their aftermath.

Parents are encouraged to bring carseats to be checked, have their children fingerprinted, and to have them take part in the "Hug a Fireman," which teaches children not to hide during a fire.

Attendees will learn how to set aside water both inside the home and out in the event that water service is cut off in a quake. They can also get information on what to pack in a survival kit, where to keep the kits, and how to make a good family emergency exit plan.

Pets are also covered at the fair, as there will be classes in providing first aid to animals, as well as the opportunity for pet owners to get their companions implanted with a microchip at a reduced cost.

The first 100 residents at 9 a.m. and again at noon will receive a free 72-hour emergency kit.

The fair is sponsored by the Town of Danville, city of San Ramon, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and San Ramon Regional Medical Center. For more information visit www.bereadysrv.org.

--Geoff Gillette

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