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October preparedness fair set at Davis Center

Article Published 09/18/2007

LAYTON — Family emergency preparedness and awareness of public safety and other resources are the goals of an upcoming citizen's fair, slated for Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton.

The free event open to the public — which is organized by the city's public safety departments, the Layton Citizen Corps Council, and various community action groups — will be held from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Center, 1651 North 700 West, Layton.

The first 1,000 visitors will receive a free "Be Ready Layton" bag that can be used to carry supplies for 72-hour kits. "Be Ready Layton" wristbands and key rings will also be given out while supplies last. Another 1,500 "Be Ready Layton" bags will be available for purchase, at a cost of $2 each.

Displays and information will be available from a variety of disaster and emergency preparedness topics, including food and water storage, first aid and 72-hour kits, ham radio, Dutch oven cooking, portable heaters and generators, earthquake preparedness, dealing with natural gas and electric utility hazards in an emergency, and development of family emergency plans. Some vendors will also have emergency preparedness products available for purchase.

Layton Police will offer fingerprinting for child ID kits, and have information and/or displays on 911, D.A.R.E., police dogs, SWAT, CSI and Internet safety. The Layton Fire Department will have fire prevention displays and is planning fire extinguisher demonstrations in the parking lot. They will also offer tips about fire safety in the home and information about CERT courses. Sgt. Scott Harper of the Davis County Sheriff's Office will make several presentations on guarding against identity theft.

The Layton Community Action Council and the Citizen Corps Council will be on hand to talk about Neighborhood Watch, the Layton Youth Court, the Youth City Council, mentoring and other volunteer opportunities.

There will be representatives and displays from the American Red Cross, Utah State University Extension Service, National Weather Service, the Safe Harbor Women's Shelter and the Family Connection Center, among many other organizations.

Family activities include a rock-climbing wall, courtesy of Utah National Guard, and inflated bouncy play areas for children. The Davis County Sheriff's Office will bring their mobile command center, and LifeFlight, AirMed and Utah Department of Public Safety helicopters will be on display.

For further information, contact Jim Mason, Assistant City Manager, at (801) 336-3820.