Rushville Republican


October 1, 2013

Disaster Preparedness Fair nears

Set for Oct. 9 at Riverside Park Amphitheater

Rush County Emergency Management Agency Director Chuck Kemker recently announced that a multi-agency effort designed to inform and prepare Rush County residents is nearing.

The informational event is the result of a combined effort between the Rush County Health Department, EMA and the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

The one-day, five-hour event will be held beginning at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at Riverside Park Amphitheater.

“Individuals from a variety of emergency responding agencies will be on hand to offer preparedness information as well as displays and demonstrations regarding what to do and how to handle a severe emergency or disaster,” Kemker said.

The Rush County Health Department recently received disaster preparedness backpacks for special needs individuals in the county and they will be given out free of charge during the event.

The Disaster Preparedness Fair is free and open to the public with a variety of topics being addressed including earthquake, fire, storms and tornados, flood safety and winter weather.

Kemker said recently purchased decontamination (DECON) equipment will also be on display and a demonstration on the equipment is slated for 6 p.m.

“We hope that first and emergency responders from each of the county departments will be on hand for this part of the program. It will be the first time that they will get a firsthand look at how the DECON process will work in conjunction with our new equipment,” Kemker said.

For additional information regarding the event or to reserve space, contact Marge Amos at the Rush County Health at 765-932-3103 or Kemker at the EMA office 765-932-8391.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765-932-2222 x106

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