‘Big One 2.0’ emergency safety fair returns April 20

Back in Hood River: A hands-on safety fair and Cascadia Subduction earthquake presentation, “The Big One 2.0,” from 5-8 p.m. on April 20.

It was standing room only last year, so this year, a new location with more room for activities was located at Rockford Grange and Westside Fire station, 4250 Barrett Drive, Hood River.

Get hands-on with fire extinguishers, Go-Kits and mobile response vehicles, and tour Westside Fire station and talk to folks who staffed the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) during the winter storm.

Additionally, learn how to purify and store water safely, preserve food, how generators work, how to safely shut off utilities, and get ready for recreation season and emergencies at the same time.

Enjoy West Side Fire/ Hood River Fire free barbecue and Fresh Start hors d’ oeuvres. Hang out with Sparky the Fire Dog and Smokey Bear.

It’s everything you need to know — all the local public safety experts in one place — with hands-on practice for the Cascadia earthquakes and other emergencies.

After Hood River’s intense winter became a county and state declared snow/ice storm emergency, the June Cascadia Rising statewide drills and summer Mosier train derailment, emergency preparedness is more relevant than ever in the Gorge, states a press release.

At 6 p.m., back with the latest Cascadia Subduction earthquake information, will be geologic speaker Dr. Althea Rizzo from Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Barb Ayers, Hood River County emergency manager and Sheriff Matt English will speak on progress Hood River County has made in the last year.

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