Archive for Sunday, September 26, 2010

Preparedness fair helps residents start kits for emergencies, disasters

A disaster preparedness event in Lawrence Saturday urged residents to be ready for potential disasters, natural and otherwise. Items were given away for free to help people begin building disaster kits.

September 26, 2010


Tornadoes, power outages and ice storms were all disasters Lawrence residents became prepared for at Saturday’s preparedness fair at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St.

Jillian Rodrigue, assistant director of Douglas County Emergency Management, said the fair made residents aware that disasters and emergencies can happen at any time, and that being prepared is important.

“That’s what it’s about, making sure our citizens are ready,” she said.

The fair featured booths from various local organizations, including the National Weather Service, the Red Cross and the Humane Society. Most booths offered giveaways and supplies to start an emergency preparedness kit.

“Putting together a big kit can be overwhelming,” Rodrigue said. That’s why the booths were helping kick-start the kits for residents.

Richard Pilant, Lawrence resident, came to the fair with his wife and granddaughter. He said the fair was a learning experience for his granddaughter, and she had been taught about how to safely react when in a room full of smoke during a fire.

“It’s a good thing for her to see,” he said.


mr_right_wing 7 years, 7 months ago

A different disaster / emergency scenario.....

Iran is very close to being able to produce a very crude 'Hiroshima' style nuclear bomb. "So?" you say. If one was to fall into the hands of terrorists (this is Iran we're talking about) the United States would probably top their wish list of targets. Instead of trying to somehow smuggle it into the boarders, why not just put it on a boat in a shipping container....detonate it at a port? "Again, so? We're thousands of miles from any port..." Well, if this were to happen the first thought on many Americans minds would be that the coasts/ports are vulnerable; get as far away from them as possible. Flee the coasts. If you were to flee the coasts, where do you suppose you would go? Imagine us having to expect 'tidal waves' of panicking people coming at us from both sides. How in the world do you prepare for that kind of emergency?

From the reading I've been doing this isn't as 'far fetched' as you might think.

geekin_topekan 7 years, 7 months ago

How to console Tom, wow.

Well, for starters, the poor and non-white would probably remain because they don't have the means to flee. The ones who do have the means would bring money and a few valuables to barter with once they arrive.

Secondly, to deal with the surge in the long term is why we need to keep the Democrats in power because the GOP strategy would be to spend $1 in aid and then spend $1.50 to tell about their charitable cause.

The best cure is prevention and as always the repubs don;t understand the concept at all. Quit the fear mongering and demonizing of what you don;t understand, quit oppressing people and supporting genocide in the name of money and God.

Or we could maintain the status quo and the scenario is inevitable.

And of course Tom will continue to fear his fellow American and assume the enemy is all around him, regardless of what happens anywhere in the world so consoling his is wasted effort.

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