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Free, Fun, Family-Friendly Event on Community Preparedness

Berkeley, California (Friday, February 17, 2017) - Kids growing up in earthquake country need a disaster-prepared household.  Pet owners need to know how to keep dogs, cats, and other animals safe in a disaster. On March 18, join us to improve the disaster preparation for your whole household - with activities suited for all levels of experience.   

There will be pet-preparedness demonstrations, hands-on first aid instruction, a showcase of emergency vehicles, games, prizes, kids' activities, and more.  This year's event features trainings, entertainment, and information in Spanish as well as English. They'll include:

  • Transportation safety activities, such as a bike rodeo, helmet checks and free bike repairs sign-ups.
  • Kids can listen to the Berkeley Public Library's story time and the American Red Cross' emergency preparedness workshop for 3rd-5th graders. 
  • Adults and kids alike can learn about earthquake science from UC Berkeley's SeismoLab, survival demonstrations from Trackers Earth, and an exhibit from Lawrence Hall of Science.

Celebrate our community's resilience and protect those you love by getting ready together,

"To survive and thrive in our next emergency," said Fire Chief Gil Dong, "We all need to be ready with the skills, plans, and supplies for all the members of our households - including children and animals"

Location: LeConte Elementary School, 2241 Russell St
Date: March 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Free Bike Valet
Take BART to Ashby Station (about 6 blocks from the Fair)

The Prep Fair is part of the City of Berkeley's "Berkeley Ready" initiative, which brings engaging and accessible disaster preparedness activities to the whole Berkeley community. For more information, including a schedule of demonstrations during the day, visit the Prep Fair Web Page. The event is organized by the City's Office of Emergency Services and our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers.

For more guidance on your disaster plan, securing your home, keeping your pets safe or other disaster preparedness information, visit the Berkeley Ready Website.


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