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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Vivian Eason, Emergency Management Coordinator at (360) 867-2825

Get "StormReady" at Prep EXPO 2012

Washington's warm, dry weather won't last forever. Storm season is coming, and the staff at Thurston County Emergency Management want to you to be "StormReady" and get all of the information and tools you need at the free Emergency Preparedness EXPO event on Saturday, October 13.

Thurston County earned the "StormReady" designation from the National Weather Service, but being storm-ready doesn't mean that communities are storm proof. While Thurston County Emergency Management officials are ready to respond to heavy rain, snow, extreme winds or flooding this winter, each resident should also be prepared to respond to severe winter storms and other natural disasters and emergencies:
  • Do you know the difference between a winter weather advisory, a winter storm watch and a winter storm warning?

  • If your power is out for several hours or days, do you have the supplies and knowledge to stay warm and stay safe?

  • Have you winterized your home and your car, and have you stocked your supply kits for your home and your vehicle?

Get answers to these questions and much more at the annual Emergency Preparedness EXPO.

The free event will open at 10 a.m. at the Saint Martin's University Marcus Pavilion & Worthington Conference Center, and every attendee will receive a free Kit-Man safety bag that will give you a jumpstart on creating your own emergency response kit. More than 40 vendors will be on hand with information and demonstrations on everything you need to prepare, respond, and recover from the next storm or emergency.

WHAT: Emergency Preparedness EXPO 2012 - Admission is free!

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Saint Martin's University Marcus Pavilion & Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE in Lacey

For more information about Preparedness EXPO 2012, or for more information on the Thurston County Emergency Management Division, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/em/expo or contact Vivian Eason at easonv@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 867-2825.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3