Emergency Prepare Fair coming to Westwood Mall Thursday

Are you prepared?

MARQUETTE — As part of National Preparedness Month, local emergency personnel and responders encourage the community to take part in the Marquette Prepare Fair on Thursday at the Westwood Mall in Marquette Township.

The Salvation Army, Red Cross, Michigan State Police, area fire departments and other local emergency response teams will set up displays and demonstrations explaining how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters, along with other emergency situations.

“Our plan is to show examples and get people thinking about their next steps,” said Trooper Stacey Rasanen of Michigan State Police Negaunee Post. “The fair is all about being prepared and how to prepare.”

Individuals attending the fair will meet local responders, explore emergency response vehicles and acquire free preparedness items while the supplies last. The event is free of charge, and will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the front entrance of the mall.

The best way to be safe in an emergency situation is to be prepared before an emergency happens, according to the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.

Michigan is vulnerable to a variety of types of severe weather, including tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods, snowstorms and ice storms, according to the division.

Since 2015, Gov. Rick Snyder has issued disaster declarations for incidents involving severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and a sinkhole. On Oct. 21, 2016, Snyder declared a state of disaster for Marquette County after storms, heavy rain and flash flooding caused severe damage.

On June 23, a declaration was declared for Isabella and Midland counties after substantial rainfall and flash flooding caused damage there, then on June 28, Bay and Gladwin counties were added to the declaration, according to a press release.

Residents are always encouraged to know the hazards that affect their communities, authorities say, and businesses are also encouraged to prepare for emergencies and disasters by offering an emergency preparedness program.

For more information about how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters, refer to the Michigan State Police website at www.michigan.gov/beprepared.

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is jdepew@miningjournal.net.