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NMSU, emergency response agencies to host home preparedness expo April 30

ALBUQUERQUE ? Are you ready to evacuate your home in a moment?s notice during a natural disaster such as fire or flood, or stay at home without electrical power or natural gas for several days? Not many of us are truly prepared for an emergency.


Learn what you need to do to be prepared during the second annual Emergency Home Preparedness Expo 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd.

New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service in Bernalillo County, the Southwest Border Food Protection & Emergency Preparedness Center and local government emergency response agencies have organized the free event.

?The purpose of the expo 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. ?Workshops and informational tables will offer information on how to be prepared for an emergency that lasts a short period of time or continues for a long period of time.?

Program sessions will address three categories ? home, community and sustainability.

?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, people will be there to share how they can go to the next level of preparedness.?

Topics will include food and water storage, cooking from your cupboard, weather preparedness with go bags, car kits and pet kits, plan for pets and livestock evacuation, small business preparedness, and how to deal with a chemical disaster requiring people to shelter in place.

?An important preparation is knowing the needs of your neighbors in case you need to help them during an emergency situation,? Davies said. ?Another topic that will be addressed is preparing the home on a budget.?

Sessions will address general first aid in disasters and hands-only CPR.

Sustainability topics will include gardening and preserving the bountiful produce.

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

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