Friday, May 2, 2014

Community invited to 'Living Ready' preparedness fair

Ronda Bowser demonstrates the agility course with her search dog, Pandora, during the 2012 'Living Ready' preparedness fair.
Some challenges in life impact the whole community like the wildfires last summer that threatened homes and businesses, while others are individual such as unemployment or health problems. ‘Living Ready’ can help in facing and overcoming these parts of the human experience.

Orofino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inviting people of the community and surrounding area to 'Living Ready', a preparedness fair Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their meetinghouse, 13610 Fremont Ave.

Living Ready is not about fear or panic; it is about learning to take care of what is important-loved ones. It is about learning to be smart, savvy and resilient when facing challenges. Today's world presents lots of challenges from medical emergencies to flooding, landslides and other events that impact the whole community. People can prepare to meet those challenges and better 'weather the storm'.

The fair will have numerous booths, demonstrations and presenters that can answer questions about how to prepare and be ready when facing challenges in life. Some might call it provident living.

Among topics for the fair are:

Canning, preserving and storing food

Sprouting, dehydrating and freeze dried foods


Herbs and health foods

Edible landscaping

Medical basics

Legal document preservation

Alternative cooking

Water storage and purification

72-hour kits

Household ingenuity


Family history & genealogy

Adult education

Emergency shelter

There will also be displays by a variety of emergency responders and community resources such as:

Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office

Orofino Police Department

Clearwater County Ambulance Service

Orofino Fire Department

Red Cross

Northwest MedStar helicopter


Search and Rescue

Emergency communication



USA Pea and Lentil Commission

Don Gardner, Clearwater County Emergency Management Coordinator, will help participants look at ways they can begin and continue to prepare without becoming overwhelmed. He will also have information about protecting personal privacy from spying eyes.

Come learn about how people can prepare and care for themselves and their families through the challenges that they face individually and as a community. The ‘Living Ready’ preparedness fair will be at the LDS meetinghouse, 13610 Fremont. To reach the church, turn off U.S. Highway 12 just west of Barney's Harvest Foods.

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