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
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.
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
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.