Disaster Readiness Fair Set for August 25

By WBNG News

Disaster Readiness Fair Set for August 25

August 14, 2012 Updated Aug 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM EDT

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) -- As residents of the Southern Tier learned last year, you can never be too prepared for a disaster.

According to a news release from the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross:

To help residents prepare for disasters such as the power outages and floods caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last year, the American Red Cross and New York State Citizen Preparedness Program are hosting the first annual Disaster Readiness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in the Red Cross parking lot at 620 E. Main St., Endicott.

The family-friendly event is free and open to the public, and parking will be available in the Medical Arts Building lot at 609 E. Main St.

The Fair will include hands-only CPR training, a “Be Red Cross Ready” preparedness station, a fire safety trailer provided by the Endicott Fire Dept., Operation Safe Child provided by the Broome County Sheriff’s office, financial literacy provided by Visions Federal Credit Union, pet preparedness, and “preparedness science.”

The event will also feature Scrubby Bear, Max the Mascot from the Binghamton Senators’ hockey team, face painting, and mural finger painting for children, and games, prizes and refreshments for the entire family.

“We encourage families to come out and have fun while learning skills that may save lives one day,” said Shelley Bierwiler, Red Cross Southern Tier Chapter Executive. “With National Preparedness Month in September and the one-year anniversary of the floods just around the corner, the timing of the Fair couldn’t be better.”