By Lois Smith, Marketing and Outreach Manager

Want to learn how to stay safe when a power line comes down, or maybe just need a reminder on how to use your fire extinguisher? Looking for emergency rations for your car in case you’re driving when the Big One hits?

Look no further than the annual Berkeley Emergency Prep Fair taking place this Saturday, March 18th from 10–2 at LeConte Elementary School.

A joint effort of the Berkeley Fire Department and the City of Berkeley, the event takes place every spring in an effort to make sure East Bay residents are ready for an emergency of any kind. Community Energy Services, with its home repair programs focusing on safety, and its seismic safety program, will have a booth at the fair as well. Come by and say hi!

Lois and Evan at last year’s Emergency Prep Fair

As the City of Berkeley website explains,  “A city’s resilience is defined by the ability of the community to survive, adapt and thrive no matter what acute shock or chronic challenge it experiences.”

These challenges can take many forms, as my colleague Evan and I learned while staffing last year’s fair.

Safety can come in the form of making sure your pet has an up-to-date licence, preparing an emergency plan for you and your family, or attending a first aid training through Berkeley CERT. The fair even provides extras like free bike repairs, emergency supplies and activities for kids.

We hope to see you there! More information about this year’s fair can be found here.  

If you want to know more about Seismic Safety and how you can get help preparing,  Contact CESC.