Agencies Host Fair to Prepare West Contra Costa County for Disasters
Contra Costa County Emergency Preparedness Fair
Penney Parking Lot at the Hilltop Mall in Richmond, 2200 Hilltop Mall
Date Saturday, September 26
a.m. to 2 p.m.
To help Contra Costa
residents prepare for natural and man-made disasters, more than 30 local
agencies will host a free day of emergency preparedness activities this
month at the West Contra Costa County Emergency Preparedness Fair at the
Hilltop Mall in Richmond. The fair is part of National Preparedness
Month events aimed to prepare residents for a major disaster.
The fair will be held 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 26 in the J.C. Penney parking lot at
the Hilltop Mall in Richmond, located at 2200 Hilltop Mall Road.
“For West County to be truly
prepared for an emergency, each resident must have a plan and know how
to respond,” said event co-chair Kathryn Gerk of the Richmond Fire
Department’s Office of Emergency Services. “People need to start
thinking about what they would do in the event of a catastrophic
earthquake, fire or disease outbreak—all of which are very real
possibilities in our county.”
including local fire, police and health departments, as well as
businesses, will promote emergency preparedness through presentations,
live demonstrations, hands-on activities and informational brochures.
The fair is free for all ages and will feature pandemic flu
preparedness, a raffling of emergency kits, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake
simulation, finger printing, a mobile blood drive, CPR training,
children activities and pet microchips for a small fee.
Contra Costa County
Supervisor John Gioia, whose office is helping to coordinate the event,
said the fair is a great opportunity for the residents in his district.
“We’re excited to have these
leaders in emergency preparedness come together in one location and
distribute life-saving information that will put West Contra Costa
County in a greater state of preparedness,” Supervisor Gioia said.
The West County Emergency
Preparedness Fair will help residents prepare for a major disaster by
learning how to build an emergency supply kit, making a disaster plan
and becoming more involved in preparing their communities.
For more information:
Chief of Staff
Office of Supervisor John Gioia | Contra Costa County
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D | El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 374-3231 - Office | (510) 374-3429 - Fax | (415) 990-2087 -