AUGUST 12, 2010

Emergency responders participate in ‘Living Ready’

   Emergency responders from Back Country Medics, Clearwater County Ambulance Service, Clearwater County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Orofino Fire Department and Orofino Police Department will be participating in ‘Living Ready’ Aug. 21.

   Orofino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inviting the community to ‘Living Ready’, a preparedness fair Saturday, Aug. 21 from 2-5 p.m. at their meetinghouse, 13610 Fremont. To reach the church, turn off U.S. Highway 12, just west of Barney’s Harvest Foods.

   Individuals can do a lot to prepare and take care of emergencies and challenges themselves, but sometimes they need help from emergency services personnel with more expertise or resources. Emergency responders whether they are medical, fire or law enforcement each play a part in helping and keeping people safe in Clearwater County where many of those responders are neighbors that volunteer to serve.

   Living Ready is not about fear or panic; it is about learning to take care of what is important-loved ones. It is about learning to be smart, savvy and resilient when facing challenges.

   There will be numerous booths, demonstrations and presenters that can answer questions about how to prepare and be ready when facing such things as the loss of a job, emergencies, disasters and other disruptions of normal everyday life. Some might call it provident living. 

   Among topics for the fair:

Canning and preserving food

Edible landscaping

Medical basics

Legal document preservation

Alternative cooking

Water storage and purification

72-hour kits

Household ingenuity

Search and Rescue

Emergency Responders

Emergency shelter

   Don Gardner, Clearwater County Emergency Management Coordinator, will be the keynote speaker at 4 p.m. He will help participants look at ways they can begin and continue to prepare without becoming overwhelmed.

   Come learn about how people can prepare and care for themselves and their families through the challenges that they face individually and as a community.