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NMSU to host first Albuquerque conference on emergency preparedness in the home

ALBUQUERQUE ? The Boy Scout and Girl Scout motto is ?Be Prepared.? But how many of us are truly prepared for an emergency? Could you evacuate your home at a moment?s notice? Or stay isolated in your home without electrical power for several days? Do you know what emergencies are likely to occur in our area?

New Mexico State University?s Southwest Border Food Protection & Emergency Preparedness Center and Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service will present a free emergency preparedness in the home fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd.

?The purpose of the fair is to help people to be prepared in their homes and neighborhoods for emergencies that might happen,? said Cindy Davies, NMSU Bernalillo County Extension director. ?There will be workshops and informational tables for them to gather information on how to be prepared for an emergency that lasts a short period of time or continues for a long period of time.?

There are three time frames a person should be ready to survive on their own until help arrives or the situation is resolved: three days, three weeks and three months.

Workshops during the day will address these time frames, as well as prepare the individuals and their household for unforeseen emergencies, such as how to develop a food and water supply for the household and the importance of having financial and medical documents available for a quick evacuation.

?We are trying to make the workshops as practical as possible, so people can get the basic information,? Davies said. ?Then if they want more information on a topic, there will be people there to share how they can go to the next level of preparedness.?

The sessions will include specific topics on home emergencies and preparedness, being self-sustainable by raising a garden and chickens in the backyard, and how to preserve the raised produce.

There will also be a panel of emergency responders to help the participants learn who does what during an emergency.

?If the emergency situation is not impacting you directly, you may want to help your community,? Davies said. A panel of volunteer organization will discuss how a person can help out during an emergency.

Besides the workshops, city, county and state agencies will have tables to share information on emergency preparedness such as how to prepare, how to get information on the situation and whom to contact during certain emergencies for help.

The keynote speaker of the day will be Kerry Jones of the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. He will speak on potential weather emergencies in our area and how to keep informed.

Speakers at the event are local and state experts on preparing for emergencies and sustainable living.

For more information visit bernalilloextension.nmsu.edu or call Cindy Davies at the Bernalillo County Extension office, 505-243-1386.