A trio of days, 72 hours, those are the most important, said Rev. Beth Simpson, one of the organizers of the second annual Disaster Preparedness Expo.
The first 72 hours of a disaster, she said, are when emergency first responders are most likely to be overwhelmed and when people are most probably going to have to rely on their and or their neighbors’ efforts to survive.
The Expo, designed to help individuals and families equip themselves to survive natural and man-made disasters is from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, September 23 at St. Matthews Church on Mexico’s Grove Street.
Last year nearly 150 people attended the event Simpson said.
And with good reason.
“It’s so important for people to be aware that disasters can and will happen,” Simpson, a Deacon at St. Matthews said. “At the expo people will have the opportunity to learn what kind of things they need to know, need to have, to survive those first 72 hours.”
Among those agencies there to help people learn to that she said will be:
• Mexico Public Safety
• Air Evac Rescue Service
• Audrain County Emergency Communications, the area’s Ham Radio organization
• Audrain County Emergency Mgt.
• Audrain Ambulance District
• Audrain County 911
• American Red Cross
• Little Dixie Fire Protection District
There will also be hands-on demonstrations such black-kettle cooking by St. Matthews’ priest Christina Cobb.
“That will help people understand one very important thing,” Simpson said. “People can get by without electricity. Most of us can survive for a few days without power.”
A free meal will be provided
The event is a natural for the church to sponsor, Simpson said. “I feel this is an appropriate thing for us to do, because it is all about taking care of on and other.”