NWA Families Prepare For Emergency Situations
The 6th annual NWA Emergency Preparedness Fair was held Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1101 McCollum Road in Bentonville.
Hundreds of people came out to get information on how they need to prepare their families, community, and neighborhood for a variety of emergency situations.
Young children learned how to be prepared in case of a fire with the technique “Get Low and Go.”
“They know the sound of the smoke detector, they know what the smoke is going to look like and they know how to react properly,” said James Birchfield, Bentonville Fire Marshall.
Weather radios were handed out free of charge.
“It gives you that warning ahead of time and you can have 20 minutes and sometimes even longer,” said Melonie Christensen, preparedness fair director.
More than 50 informational booths hosted by local organizations, such as response teams, emergency training personnel, the Red Cross and several others.
Red Cross volunteers showed how to prepare a disaster kits with essential items such as food, water, batteries and a first aid kit.
“Basic immediate needs and if you really look at the list… those are things you use everyday in your life,” said Mike Kratchmer, Red Cross volunteer.
Some of the information shared during the event included: Emergency foods, personal document preservation and preparation, first aid kits, emergency shelters and evacuation routes.
“It really will help them in the long run so even if that changes one family to us that is success,” Christensen said.
People were also able to get “hands-on” with some of the emergency vehicles.
The event also promoted the program Smart911, which is a service to register personal information in case of an emergency.