Emergency Preparedness Fair is Saturday

Emergency responders and officials in that field will be on hand Saturday at Merced’s first free Community Preparedness and Resource Fair to show residents how to handle a range of crisis situations.

“People tend to think disasters only happen in earthquake areas or hurricane areas, but it only takes one rail car flipping or a creek to flood before we’re in a real emergency,” said Mike Conway, spokesman for the city of Merced.

The event runs from from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.

During the Resource Fair, the American Red Cross and community agencies will provide preparedness tips to help residents and families be ready for all types of hazards and emergencies, Conway said in a news release.

Conway said he hopes the fair becomes an annual event in Merced.

Activities include:

• Free smoke alarm giveaway to the first 100 families

• Firefighter Frank and Friends puppet show

• A chance to win a three-day emergency preparedness kit

• Free lunch

The event is sponsored by Merced, PG&E Corp. , State Farm Insurance and Westamerica Bank.

First aid and CPR classes at the fair are full, but to sign up for another health and safety course, go to the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org/takeaclass.