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BREAKING NEWS

Local Fire District Offers Hands-On Disaster Preparedness Training
September 10, 2017




Patch photo courtesy Snohomish Co. Fire District 1
Chronicle staff

(EDMONDS, WA.) -- Quickly answer these questions because there will be a test later.

A disaster strikes tomorrow. Do you have a clue where and how you turn off the natural gas, water and electricity in-flow to your home if you need to do it in a hurry?

Oh. Your husband (or wife) handles all that stuff? What if he or she isn't around and can't get home quickly and you have little kids at home to protect?

Yeah. Ya ever think of that?

And where do you keep the fire extinguishers which you may need in a split-second?

In short, when disaster strikes will you be even half ready to handle what comes your way?

We think not Sonny boy.

So you'll be pleased to know that you can learn how to prepare yourself, your family and your community at ReadyFest, a hands-on disaster preparedness open house sponsored by Snohomish County Fire District 1 on Wednesday, Sept. 27 in Edmonds.

The fire district serves almost 200,000 residents in the communities of unincorporated south Snohomish County and the district's partner cities of Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.

Just drop by any time between 3pm and 7pm for the free open house at Edmonds Fire Station 17, 275 6th Ave. North.

The open house features disaster preparedness training including:

How to turn off natural gas, water and electricity.

Fire extinguisher demonstrations and practice.

How to help your neighbors prepare and work together with the Map Your Neighborhood program.

Taste of Disaster – sample MREs (meals ready to eat) and other non-perishable food to consider for your disaster kit.

How to put together a disaster “go bag” to keep by your bed.

CPR to Go – Learn hands-only CPR in just 10 minutes and be part of the Edmonds 500 Challenge. The goal is to train 500 people in CPR this year in Edmonds. Since May, more than 380 people have learned this lifesaving skill at Fire District 1 events.

Our favorite of all of the above is learning how to load and fire (plus putting a laser sight on) that fully automatic submachine gun that you'll stuff into your "go bag," as well as how to use two push-daggers as close quarters combat weapons.

Just kidding about the submachine gun and push daggers. Wanted to see if you were reading down this far.

And you were!

So now that you are a qualified "hard core" Chronicle reader, go find our DONATE graphic in the upper left hand corner of the home page and give that bad boy a workout.

And don't be cheap. Give till it hurts bro.





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