Evergreen plans Disaster Readiness Fair

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

What if a disaster struck Washington today? Would you be prepared? In light of the recent wave of disasters that have hit different regions across the country, Evergreen Healthcare has put together a helpful list of tips and advice to make sure Puget Sound residents are prepared in case an emergency occurs.

Evergreen also invites the community to attend its annual Disaster Readiness Fair for informative presentations and hands-on workshops, as well as many additional disaster preparedness resources for any scenario, whether it’s heavy snow, an earthquake or a chemical spill. The fair will be held on Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland.

Evergreen’s annual Disaster Readiness Fair will offer presentations, workshops and activities filled with critical information and key resources for community members who want to prepare their families for a range of disasters, whether it’s heavy snowfall, an earthquake or a hazardous chemical spill.

The event will feature special informative presentations by disaster experts, including local expert Dr. Kay Koelemay, a medical epidemiologist in public health for Seattle and King County, and her husband, Dr. Doug Dicharry, a child and adolescent psychologist.  The pair will give their presentation “Talking to Kids about Disasters,” which offers helpful advice on how and when to talk to children about disasters and staying safe.

Experts from the Northshore Utility District will address crucial water storage tips, including how much to store, what kind of containers to use and where to store it.  Another presentation by the Washington State Animal Rescue Team will share information on preparing pets and livestock for disasters, as well as interesting stories from their recent deployments around the country.

“As a community-based healthcare organization, it’s our responsibility to do everything within our power to help Eastside families prepare for worst-case disaster scenarios,” said Evergreen Healthcare CEO Bob Malte. “We take great pride in our role as a vital resource for the continued health and well-being of the community.”

The fair, which was designed based on requested programming from the Eastside community, will also offer the public the chance to build a personal emergency kit with the help of Redmond business PrepareSmart.

Puget Sound Energy will put on a high voltage demonstration featuring power lines energized to 12,000 volts to display common accidents and safety tips to help prevent them.  The presentation will also include instructions for how and why to shut off a gas meter in an emergency.

Other Disaster Readiness Fair attractions include tours of medic units, fire trucks and a Coast Guard helicopter.  Residents will have the opportunity to learn how to properly discharge fire extinguishers and apply CPR techniques, and will be able to tour the disaster-ready Evergreen Hospital emergency room and mobile disaster shelter.

Evergreen welcomes the public to its main hospital campus on Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about the essential information and resources available to Eastside residents in case disaster strikes.  It is an annual event that coincides with National Preparedness Month.

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