By Lorene Keitch

Pioneer Staff

Mark your calendar for the third annual Emergency Preparedness Fair, happening next Saturday, May 6th.

More than a dozen groups are signed up to participate, including Emergency Support Services (ESS), BC Ambulance, the RCMP, Columbia Valley Search and Rescue, Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team, Holistic Emergency Preparedness, multiple fire departments and the RDEK Emergency Program. Representatives will showcase equipment, answer questions and provide information to the public.

The main focus of the day is on helping people prepare for an emergency, and a new feature this year will be the addition of Rotary Life Kits, explains Sharon Pasowisty, Columbia Valley emergency support services director and deputy emergency program co-ordinator. We will also have volunteers on site handing out binders and helping people get started on making their own family emergency plan and 72-hour kits.

Bring money for the fundraiser barbecue lunch, going towards the new playground for Windermere Valley Childcare.

The entire day will be interactive and there will be something for people of all ages, adds Pasowisty. More importantly, it will help all those who attend be prepared for emergencies.

The free Emergency Preparedness Fair takes place Saturday, May 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Windermere Fire Hall.