(Pictured left to right: Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Annemarie DeMoes, event chair; Katrina Tyler, Medial Reserve Corps; Lynn Beal, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Today marks the beginning of the annual observance of National Preparedness Month (NPM). The campaign encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies and disasters in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses and communities. As part of NPM, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett has declared September 26th Family Safety & Preparedness Day in Knox County.
Due to the growth of the annual fair, the event has moved to the World’s Fair Park to accommodate the growing interest in emergency preparedness. Kiplinger.com published an article last week that named the top ten states where disaster strikes most. Tennessee ranked third. Kiplinger.com and the National Weather Service identified the states that have suffered the biggest estimated property losses from disasters over the last eight years. Tennessee has had more than their share of flooding, tornadoes, and severe winter storms.
All individuals and families should have a plan and an emergency kit in their home. A lack of preparedness often results in too much time and money being spent on relief and recovery. Booths, demos, and vendors will provide an opportunity for everyone to become more informed and self-reliant in a wide range of areas related to safety and emergency preparedness.
City and county emergency vehicles on display will provide an impressive lineup for all ages to explore in addition to having your questions answered by some of our area’s most dedicated volunteers and heroes. Children can enjoy activities related to the theme as well as popcorn, snow cones, and miniature golf.
The event is FREE to the public and will be held Saturday, September 26th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville.
For more information, www.prepfair.org
Facebook – Family Safety & Preparedness Fair
Twitter – @KnoxPrepFair
Written by Jennifer Hughes, firstname.lastname@example.org.