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Posted on March 26, 2014

San Luis Obispo: Preparedness Expo Will Focus on Safety

SAN LUIS OBISPO – The 2014 Preparedness Expo – an event devoted to teaching local residents about emergency preparedness and safety — will take place Saturday (March 29) with support from PG&E.

This is the third year in a row that PG&E has supported the event first held in 2012 when it attracted about 1,000 people.

The Preparedness Expo takes place at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Memorial Building at 801 Grand Ave. beginning at 10 a.m. The free event will feature guest speakers including San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson and survival expert Thomas Coyne.

Sponsored by the American Red Cross San Luis Obispo County, the event is designed to provide local residents with tools and information on how to better prepare for an emergency – from fire to natural disasters.

PG&E’s Michael Ginn, emergency planning manager at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, will speak at the event about Central Coast emergency scenarios and emergency preparation at the plant. And Sheriff Parkinson will discuss his Task Force on Public Safety, funded last year with a $75,000 donation from PG&E.

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PG&E worked closely with the Listos program at a prior Preparedness Expo to reach out to the Hispanic community about emergency readiness. (Currents Archive Photo.)

The event will feature CPR and first-aid demonstrations, fire trucks and police cruisers. Free child identification cards will also be provided. Fun children’s activities, including a bounce house, are also planned. Gift bags also will be available to the first 200 visitors.

In addition to PG&E, the Preparedness Expo is also sponsored by El Dorado Broadcasters and Southern California Gas Company.

PG&E and the American Red Cross are ongoing partners in emergency preparedness and have joined forces on the Red Cross Ready Neighborhoods campaign for which the utility has contributed $2.5 million. The program helps to train, educate and engage residents throughout Northern and Central California so that they are prepared in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

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