Disaster – Emergency Preparedness & Safety Fair starts with a roar…

Medford, OR. Get ready to hear the roar – and highlight announcements – as the US Air Force flies over the 5th annual Disaster-Emergency Preparedness & Safety Fair on Saturday, September 14th, from 10 am – 2 pm at the Rogue Valley Mall. This fair is the most comprehensive preparedness event in Southern Oregon, provided by a collaboration of 50 local, state, and government agencies, non-profits, and volunteer-based emergency services. It is the place for everyone to learn preparedness for every season and every reason.

The ‘DEPS’ Fair has doubled in size this year with 50 preparedness exhibitors, safety speakers, a new Kid’s STEM SAFETY ZONE, the American Red Cross Pillowcase Project, a Passport to Prizes program, live entertainment, free raffles, mall shuttle services, tours of the Mercy Flights Helicopter and emergency vehicles, and a VERY SPECIAL GUEST, Smokey Bear! Smokey Bear is 75 this year, and his birthday party starts in the Kid’s STEM Safety Zone at 1 pm.

(Smokey Bear trivia… he doesn’t get out around here too oen, so his visit is a big deal! His real name is “Smokey Bear”, not “Smokey the Bear”. Who knew?!)

In addition, as September is National Preparedness Month, all K-12 school Principals in Southern Oregon have been provided engaging assignments to encourage student and family attendance. There’s plenty to do for K-12 students with the American Red Cross Pillowcase Project, applying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to safety, career exploration, and more.

The event is FREE!

Some of the exhibitors and entertainment include: 211 Info, Allcare Health, Allied Universal Security, American Red Cross, Asante, Avista, Boy Scouts of America Crater Lake Council, CAL FIRE, Canine Angels, City of Medford (Fire, Community Outreach, Planning, Police), Emergency Communicaon of Southern Oregon, FEMA, Fire Chief of Medford Fire, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (Police), HASL – Center for Independent living, Illinois Valley CERT, Jackson County Amateur Radio, Jackson County Emergency Medical Services, Jacksonville CERT, JACO Fire District 3, JACO Libraries, JACO Animal Control, JACO Search and Rescue, JWA Public Affairs, Mercy Flights, USAF Auxilary, Civil Air Patrol Medford Squadron, Naonal Guard, Naonal Weather Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Department of Transportaon, Pacific Power, Pepsi, Providence Medford Medical Center, Rogue Council of Government, RVTD, Rogue Valley Community Organizaons Acve in Disaster (RVCOAD), Salvaon Army, Siskiyou Health Center, Southern Oregon Emergency Aid, SO Goodwill, Southern Oregon Public Safety Chaplins, State of Oregon Veterans Affairs, The Family Connecon, United Way, UPS, US Forestry, The Plaza Players and Friends, Rogue Valley Harmonizers, and Deja Neaux.

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