REDMOND, OR -- The city of Redmond will host an emergency preparedness fair this weekend, to help the community get ready for any disaster - from an earthquake to a train derailment or wildfire. Lisa Stroup, Executive Director of our local Red Cross is one of the organizers of Prepare! Redmond. She tells KBND, "Prepare! Redmond is really a lot more than the fair; the fair is just one piece of what we do and it’s a chance for families to come and get some hands-on interaction on how to get informed, make a plan and build a kit. But, Prepare! Redmond kind of goes back to ‘what do we do ahead of time as a community?’ so these tough conversations aren’t happening during chaos."
Experts from the city and county will be there to answer questions, including the FBI which will discuss active shooter situations. Deschutes County Emergency Manager Nathan Garibay will also be on hand, and says it’s about more than just being ready for a potential catastrophic earthquake. "The fair, I think, is a great opportunity for people to come down and take that first step if they haven’t already. To talk to people who are passionate about preparedness and get excited about it. You know, you don’t have to be a nerd like me to enjoy being prepared and you don’t have to be a ‘prepper’ like you see on TV; there is a middle ground."
Stroup commends Redmond for taking a proactive approach to disaster prep. "Redmond, very impressively I would say, got ahead of the game and said ‘we’re all going to sit down at the table and figure this out now.’ And so, they’ll do a lot of things throughout the year, the fair is just one them, but Redmond is a full-preparedness mode to have those conversations now to talk about when the chaos occurs how are we going to handle certain situations that might happen? It could be the earthquake, it could be a train derailment, it could be a wildfire."
Prepare! Redmond is Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Centennial Park.
To hear more of our conversation with Stroup and Garibay, visit our Podcast Page