By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
---- — The first county-wide emergency preparedness fair was held Wednesday at the Riverside Park Amphitheater and was considered a success by organizers. The event got underway shortly after 2 p.m. and a number of local organizations and departments manned booths offering information and explaining their services.
The Rush County Health Department handed out disaster preparedness packs, free of charge, to families with special needs. Visitors to the booth also had the opportunity to receive free flu shots after filling out necessary paperwork.
The event also served as the county’s emergency response departments first opportunity to see a firsthand demonstration of recently purchased decontamination equipment. According to EMA director Chuck Kemker, the county purchased four portable enclosures that will be used in the event of emergency responders or the general public coming into contact with hazardous materials.
Kemker hopes to expand the capabilities of the decontamination process by purchasing additional enclosures in the near future.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.