Monday, September 21, 2009

National Emergency Preparedness 2009 in Mesa

Are you ready? Are you prepared for a disaster? The City of Mesa Emergency Management is sponsoring a citywide community event, National Emergency Preparedness 2009 on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mesa Riverview's Bass Pro Shops, 1133 N. Dobson (Loop 202 and Dobson).

The theme for this fourth annual event is "Family Disaster Planning," and will feature valley wide emergency/disaster equipment, disaster education seminars, displays and entertainment focusing on the theme.

More than 20 agencies, including Mesa Fire, Mesa Police and Mesa Energy Resources, are participating in National Emergency Preparedness 2009 with displays outside and inside Bass Pro Shops. The displays will include a variety of emergency disaster vehicles and apparatus, including helicopters, an emergency command van, fire trucks, mass decontamination equipment semi-trailer, HAZMAT unit, bomb squad and SWAT Team truck. The event also features free community preparedness seminars, such as Family Preparedness, CPR and First Aid, Flu Pandemic Planning, Making Sure Your Pets are Ready for a Disaster and Utilities and Safety.

At noon, there will be a flag raising ceremony inside Bass Pro Shops.

There will be plenty of children's activities, family entertainment and free prizes. There will also be appearances by several very popular mascots, including McGruff the Crime Dog and the Chick-Fil-A Cow.

The American Red Cross will have a Community Blood Drive at Bass Pro Shops during the event. To schedule an appointment, visit https://www.givelife.org. The sponsor code is BeReady.

For more information, contact Mesa Fire at (480) 644-2101, extension 5163, or visit http://www.mesaaz.gov.

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