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City Hosting 2nd Preparedness Event

City Hosting 2nd Preparedness Event

The public is invited to attend the City of Allentown’sPrepareAthon!SM on Tuesday, September 30 from 3pm-to-7pm at Mack South Fire Station at 1902 Lehigh Street.

The PrepareAthon!SM is the second such effort in the city and builds on the successes of the first event held this past April.

“September is National Preparedness Month,” said Allentown Fire Department Deputy Chief of Operations Lee Laubach and the city’s Emergency Management Coordinator. “”It’s the time to remind everyone of what they need to do to protect themselves, the members of their family and their pets in the event of a disaster emergency.”

America’s PrepareAthon!SM is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring. Millions of people are registered to participate across the country.

The City of Allentown’s PrepareAthon!SM is a collaboration of the Allentown Health Bureau, the Allentown Communications Center, Allentown EMS, fire and police departments, Allentown Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (AVMRC), Children’s Care Alliance, Lehigh County Emergency Management Agency, Lehigh County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living and Lehigh Valley County Animal Response Team (CART).

Activities include…

• Dial 9-1-1 Simulator
• Emergency Assistance Education including Text to 9-1-1
• Emergency Supply Kit assembly
• Fire extinguisher training
• Generator safety
• Hands-Only CPR
• Hand washing education station with glo-germs
• Lehigh County Alert emergency notification system demonstration
• Accelerant K9 demonstration
• Animal preparedness and response (including: demonstration of preparedness kits for cats and dogs, pet preparedness kit checklists & labels)
• Virtual Health Village registration
• Photo opportunities with Cell Phone Sally, Red E Fox, Judge

“Superstorm Sandy taught us that disasters can happen in our own backyards,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “Allentown may not have been hit as hard as the New Jersey coast, but we learned what it is like to be without electric power for days. Our residents should take action to prepare and the PrepareAthon!SM is a great place to learn.”


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