The Nov. 10 ,2002 F4 tornado that struck Van Wert County is an event that “could never happen here” and did. Come learn how to prepare for disasters like this by coming to the Emergency Preparedness Camp on May 2 – 4 at Camp Clay, 9196 Liberty Union Road.
The Nov. 10 ,2002 F4 tornado that struck Van Wert County is an event that “could never happen here” and did. Come learn how to prepare for disasters like this by coming to the Emergency Preparedness Camp on May 2 – 4 at Camp Clay, 9196 Liberty Union Road.

VAN WERT — Extreme weather across the country, droughts and earthquakes in California and mudslides in Washington, it leaves me wondering if I would be prepared for a disaster if it happened here. “It won’t happen here.” That is what everyone says, but when it does happen here will you be prepared? These are the extreme case scenarios but what about a house fire or a power outage…do you know what your emergency plan is?

The likelihood that you and your family will survive a house fire depends as much on having a working smoke detector and an exit strategy, as on a well-trained fire department. The same is true for surviving a terrorist attack, weather storm, tornado, or other emergency. We must have the tools and plans in place to make it on our own, at least for a period of time, no matter where we are when disaster strikes. Just like having a working smoke detector, preparing for the unexpected makes sense.

Clint Myers, The YMCA Camp Clay facilitator, is bringing an Emergency Preparedness Event to Camp Clay May 2-4. This event will be for those interested in practicing their emergency skills and learning how to be more prepared in an emergency situation.


This event is endorsed by the Van Wert County Sheriff Department, Homeland Security, EMA and American Red Cross. With this endorsement, Saturday’s events will host the Red Cross Speaker Mark Klausing from 10-11 a.m., 11 a.m. - noon will host “Generators & Chain Saws, 1-2 p.m. Instruction and Information on Thermal Mass Rocket Heaters, 2-3 p.m. hosts County Sheriff’s Deputy Speaker and 3-4 p.m. planning for disaster with the basics. Saturday’s events are open to the public with a $5 fee for the day to attend all of these programs.

Several other classes will be offered over the weekend such as: Food storage, bug out bags, inexpensive prepping, water preparation, self defense, first aid as well as a trip to EMA office.

The community will be invited to walk through and learn from these individuals prepared enough to depend on themselves in an emergency.

Site will provide space for camping, showers, restrooms, training classes, water and organized activities (guitars and harmonicas welcome). You need to bring your food and whatever else is in your bug out prep to make your own camp Generators, solar pv, and wind power. Be as primitive or modern as you wish but no electric directly provided to camps. Cost to camp will be $20 per adult and $10 per child for the weekend. You are able to set up as early as Thursday and open to public Saturday at 10 a.m. If you have prepper type items for sale you are more than welcome to do so for a $25 vendor fee.

Information about this and any other programs available through the Van Wert YMCA can be found by calling (419) 238-0443 or visiting www.vwymca.org.