The seventh annual Falmouth Community Emergency Preparedness and Fire Prevention Fair will take over the Gus Canty Community Center Saturday, September 21.
“This is entirely a free event to encourage families to participate and spread the word about preparedness, and see just how easy it is to prepare your family and yourself,” said Kim Strohm of the Falmouth Fire Rescue Department.
The fair runs from 10 AM to 2 PM. The fair features more than 60 organizations and numerous children’s activities, including a Touch-A-Truck in the parking lot.
“We have a fabulous Touch-a-Truck component,” Ms. Strohm said. “Kids can blow the horns and turn the lights on.”
The event will feature vehicles from the Falmouth Police and Fire/Rescue Departments, the Department of Public Works, the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Emergency Management Department and Coast Guard.
There will also be organizations offering informational materials, including the Red Cross, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Wings For Falmouth Families and the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority.
“We’ll have some fabulous information for families, including how to build an emergency preparedness kit, how to become an emergency response team member, how to get certified in CPR and how to prepare your pets for a disaster,” Ms. Strohm said. “It is a lot of fun for family and children.”
She said one of the most popular booths is operating by the Marine Lodge, AF & AM, who assist families in creating child identification kits. These kits, which include a child’s fingerprints and picture, can be given to the police or fire department in case of an emergency.
“That is one of the busiest tables, for sure,” Ms. Strohm said.
The fair itself grows more popular with each passing year, with between 200 and 300 people attending last year. She hopes to exceed that number this year.
“We have been cited as the biggest emergency preparedness fair in the state, and we are certainly the only one on the Cape and islands,” Ms. Strohm said.
There will be free food and entertainment for those in attendance. The Falmouth Emergency Management Division will provide hot dogs, and pizza is being provided by Papa Gino’s. Ventriloquist Harold Crocker of Falmouth will perform.
The Falmouth Emergency Management Division is also raffling off a number of emergency-related items, including an emergency go kit backpack, portable radios and emergency comfort kits.
“Our main goal is to provide emergency preparedness information to our residents, so they can become more self-reliant during emergencies,” Ms. Strohm said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends residents have enough food, water and supplies to shelter-in-place for at least 72 hours. The fair will show families how they can do that.
Citing statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ms. Strohm said emergency preparedness is increasingly important. According to NOAA trends, the number and intensity of storms are projected to increase, although families can take steps to prepare for those storm.