Red Cross & local agencies host Anderson County Emergency Preparedness Fair

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Organizing for the Anderson County Emergency Preparedness Fair has been underway for months and this year’s even could be bigger than ever before.

The 2014 Preparedness Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 10 at the Clinton Community Center, 101 S Hicks St. in Clinton from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This is an event for the entire family and admission is free.

In addition to the Red Cross, the Anderson County Emergency Preparedness Fair is presented by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Clinton Baptist Association, and sponsored by Bechtel, ORAU, ORNL Federal Credit Union and the Anderson County Mayor’s Office.

The objective is to bring together government and civic organizations, emergency management personnel and volunteers to give families, businesses and communities the opportunity to better prepare for all types of disasters and emergencies.

The fair will help attendees develop their family disaster plan, receive preparedness tips, and learn more about preparedness in the community.

Over forty agencies will participate in the event with educational booths that teach self-reliance skills and showcase local resources. You will also find special event pricing and fantastic deals on camping and survival merchandise from local vendors such as Coleman, Lodge Dutch Oven, Northern Tool, Shelf-Reliance, and many others. The full list is available at

Along with such popular classes as Canning and Food Preservation, Emergency Preparedness 101, and Homemade Bread Made Simple, this year’s lineup also features CPR Certification as well as the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge, an eagle scout–required badge.

From severe weather and disaster management to storing food and water, the Anderson County Emergency Preparedness Fair has something for the entire family, including a large outdoor children’s area featuring free bounce houses and popcorn, ID fingerprinting, and safety related games and fun.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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