Whatcom Unified Emergency Management folks have been working all week at the Northwest Washington Fair in the WUEM booth, helping fair visitors get better prepared for emergencies and disasters by sharing information about the hazards in our area, and showing people how to sign up for emergency alerts on our website.
Our booth showcases items you might have in a preparedness kit, along with lots of great information on what planning steps to take to be ready for incidents like flooding, winter storms, earthquakes, power outages, or even an eruption of the volcano in our back yard, among others.
The fair is one of our favorite events all year, because it’s a great opportunity for us to meet and engage people not just from our county, but neighboring communities as well. We answer a lot of questions, but we also ask some as well, such as “what does preparedness mean to you?” The answers we hear help us to better understand people’s perceptions about what they need to be prepared for, and what preparedness actions they may (or may not) have taken.
In a few days, we hope to have some video up of interviews we conducted with some visitors to the fair. Look for it in a future blog post!