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Hundreds attend first emergency preparedness fair in Tri-CIties

Published On: Sep 14 2013 09:43:16 PM CDT
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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

On a mild day in September disaster is the furthest thing from most people's minds. While September seems calm many emergency agencies have designated this month as national preparedness month.

Saturday local emergencies along with a local church hosted the region’s first Emergency Preparedness Fair in Johnson City.

"This event is specifically designed to help people understand the need to be prepared for an emergency,” said Scott Thompson, an associate pastor at University Parkway Baptist. 

Saturday University Parkway Baptist Church in Johnson City worked to make sure you are prepared for any emergencies you and your family might face.  

"We have an awesome first response team in the Tri-Cities region [and in] East Tennessee, but it's up to us as individuals to be prepared in the event of an emergency,” said Thompson.

Amy Brotherton attended the fair and she brought her children so they could learn the importance of safety and preparation first-hand.

"I want them to learn about the safety, I want them to know what to do in case there is a disaster, how to be prepared,” Brotherton.

While there was some learning going on there was also some tasting.

“Chef-5-Minute Meals” provides ready-to-go meals for people whom maybe in a situation where they can't get cooked food. 

"Chef-5-Minute Meals is a simple solution to have a hot home-style meal anywhere, anytime,” said Christina Carter, vender. 

Carter tells News 5 that all of the meals are made in Johnson City. And they serve all 50-states and other countries when every disaster strikes.

"Not a lot of natural disasters happen here, they do but not on a large scale as Louisiana or Florida for instance. They have a very high rate of natural disasters so our production and transportation is not interrupted," said Carter.

More than 30 agencies were on hand at the event, including, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Tennessee Department of Health and other local first responders.

"It was a very natural fit for our church to be involved in this community event, we are in the business of helping others and sharing hope with others that was the red cross and TEMA, that was all of these people and organizations do they help people in times of trouble," said Thompson.