Fire and bicycle safety are just some of the things residents can learn about Saturday at a festival dedicated to emergency preparedness.
The Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division, along with other area emergency agencies, will hold Prepare and Aware Day at the county Emergency Operations Center in Evans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include car seat safety training, a visit from Smokey Bear, and tours of the operations center, said Emergency and Operations Division Director Pam Tucker.
Tucker said this is not the first time the organization has held such an event.
"We do not hold this event every year, but in the past we have held a smaller scale of public safety day events," she said.
Along with demonstrations by the Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue and amateur radio operators, there will be prize giveaways for children and families, including first-aid kits.
Tucker said the demonstrations are important because they will help save lives during an emergency.
"People would be surprised at how much they don't know about child seats or even about seat belts," she said. "This event will have great information and training for the entire family in all aspects of a disaster."
Visitors also can learn to prepare for disasters.
"People do not generally know how to prepare disaster kits," she said. "At this event, we will show them how."
For information, call (706)-868-3303 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU GO
What: Prepare and Aware Day
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Columbia County Emergency Operations Center in the Evans Government Center on Ronald Reagan Drive
More: Call (706) 868-3303 or e-mail email@example.com
WHILE YOU'RE THERE ...
Just across the parking lot from Prepare and Aware Day, Columbia County also will hold its annual Columbus Day celebration at the amphitheater and memorial gardens behind the library.