CERT Preparedness Fair

Water purification display (photo by Peggy McGee)

Peggy McGee

The Greater Green Valley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be hosting a Preparedness Fair at the West Center, 1111 S. GVR Drive, on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free but attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items to be shared by the Green Valley and Sahuarita Food Banks.

The Preparedness Fair will have exhibitors from the Arizona Dept. of Forestry & Fire Mitigation, Pima County Office of Emergency Management, Green Valley Fire Department, the American Red Cross, Sheriff’s Auxiliary, Fire Corps, Southwest Gas, both food banks, TEP, Northwest Hospital, Community Water, and several others. Each will provide information on what one should do to prepare for extended power outages.

And we cannot forget about pets, so the Animal League of Green Valley and Pima Animal Care Center will provide tips for taking care of our furry friends in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. There will be static displays on the parking lot, a mini-excavator, and fire extinguisher training. Free blood pressure screenings will be offered. There will be something for the whole family to learn from and enjoy.

The Preparedness Fair will give attendees the opportunity to learn about safety measures in cases of emergency and help educate people overall about how to handle disasters when they come.

Although the Greater Green Valley area is generally not subjected to weather extremes, disruptions are not unheard of. Accidents can happen or one of our systems could be hacked, thus, disrupting necessary services in the area.

Mark your calendars for March 25 and be ready to learn how to get yourselves ready—just in case! For information about Green Valley CERT and how to register for the free training, please visit their website ggvcert.com.