ReadyFest hands-on disaster preparedness open house Sept. 28

ready snocoWhen disaster strikes, will you be ready? 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. 28 in Edmonds.

Citizens can drop by any time between 3 and 8 p.m. for the free open house at Edmonds Fire Station 17, 275 6th Ave. N. The open features hands-on disaster preparedness training including:

· How to turn off natural gas, water and electricity.
· Fire extinguisher demonstrations and practice.
· Mini-workshops at the top of every hour on the top 5 steps to get you started on your emergency preparedness kit.
· How to help your neighbors prepare and work together with the Map Your Neighborhood program.
· CPR To Go — learn lifesaving hands-only CPR in just 10 minutes.
· Taste of Disaster — sample MREs (meals ready to eat) and other non-perishable food to consider for your disaster kit.
· Kids activities: How to put together a disaster “go bag” to keep by your bed, fire engine tours and the Wheel of Safety game.

Learn more about disaster preparedness, training and volunteer opportunities online at

Fire District 1 is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County, with full-time staffing at 12 fire stations. The department serves nearly 200,000 residents in unincorporated south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.

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