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Scout troop hosts preparedness program

Submitted by on 1, April 15, 2010 – 4:40 amNo Comment

“Get Prepared!” – an emergency preparedness program for Alameda families – kicks off this Saturday, April 17 with a 7 p.m. house party that’s free and open to the public. Boy Scout Troop 73 will present information on how to get prepared for the big and small emergencies we all face – from simple power blackouts to major earthquakes like the ones that recently struck Haiti and Chile. You will find out what your family needs to have on hand not only to survive but to thrive during those first crucial hours and days of a disaster.

Experts say the Bay Area is due for an earthquake as big or bigger than the Haiti quake – and when it does, Alameda faces special problems. We live on an island whose bridges and tunnels could fail. We could lose our water lines and electricity. Food supplies could disappear. And many of our buildings are constructed on landfill or sand that may loosen in a quake. The scouts will talk about these special problems and how to prepare for them.

After the serious part of the program, the fun begins.

We’ll be serving special food items prepared from “MREs,” which are those foil-packed meals eaten every day by America ’s service men and women around the world. These are remarkably delicious meals that come pre-cooked and may be eaten right out of their packages. Along with water and shelter, this kind of food supply is considered essential. Troop 73 parents will be selling MREs and other emergency items that every family should have at the ready.

For more information and to RSVP for Saturday’s program, please e-mail Troop73MREs@aol.com. Or contact Terry Winckler at odincklers@sbcglobal.net.

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