Expo Focuses on Importance of Extending a Hand in an Emergency


HIGH RIVER, AB: The theme for the Town of High River’s Emergency Preparedness Expo, being held Saturday, May 9, is “Extend a hand: Neighbours helping neighbours” which focuses on the importance of citizens helping each other during a crisis event.

“It is important for everyone to be prepared and to work together as a community when a disaster happens,” said Carly Benson, emergency management coordinator for the Town. “A lot of the activities at the expo reflect the importance of looking out for your neighbours, friends and other community members.”

The expo will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex and will feature fun activities for families, educational resources, and live demonstrations to encourage residents and their families to be ready for all types of emergencies or disasters.

A number of emergency response, community organizations and vendors will also be at the event including Alberta Emergency Management Agency, Alberta Health Services (Addictions and Mental Health, Environmental Public Health and EMS), Animal and Bylaw Services, ATCO, Canadian Red Cross, FCSS, Foothills Search and Rescue, High River Fire Department, RCMP, Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse and Shaw.

Participants will be invited to complete an event “passport” where they can win prizes by collecting stamps from vendors after completing fun activities related to emergency preparedness and community involvement. Some of the activities will include:

•                 Relay race to fill a vehicle with essential items within the time limit

•                 Develop safe evacuation routes for your family

•                 Testing your knowledge of items to include in a 72-hour preparedness kit

•                 Emergency preparedness bingo

•                 Writing a family communications plan

May is Emergency Preparedness Month in High River and the Town is encouraging the community not to wait for an emergency to “Extend a hand” to your neighbours. For complete details on the month’s event visit www.highriver.ca.