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In case of emergency: Expo helps people prepare

Hinsdale, IL -
When an emergency situation arises it is important to have a plan.
To help individuals and families develop a plan, the McCormick Tribune Foundation will be hosting an Emergency Preparedness Exposition this weekend at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.
Emergency preparedness weekend
When 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16
Where Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
For more information
Senior Vice President for Philanthropy for the McCormick Tribune Foundation Don Cooke said the exposition is an opportunity to give back to the local community. The foundation has funded conferences to discuss disaster preparedness and contributed $10 million to agencies to help Katrina victims.
The exposition will have about 13 booths with displays and demonstrations on disaster preparedness. Fire departments, Central DuPage Hospital, Red Cross and Office of Homeland Security will be some of the featured agencies.
“The hope is we’ll never need this information, but it takes three days before the government can get somewhere and get organized,” Cooke said. “It is essential for individuals to have knowledge and a plan so they know what to do before help can get there.”
The event also will help address disaster preparedness for pets. The Hinsdale Humane Society will distribute a variety of informational brochures and literature to help create a plan for the family pet.
In addition, Pet Supplies Plus in Westmont donated all the supplies and products to create a pet emergency supply kit, which will be on display at the Humane Society booth. From food and water for three days to medical records for the pet and pet carriers, the kit helps to prepare pets for an emergency. The Humane Society will raffle off this emergency kit as well as pet safety kits for a dog and a cat Sunday.
“Some find it safer to leave pets behind in an emergency, but it is important to keep them with you,” said Pam Salomone, the public relations and special events director for the Hinsdale Humane Society. “Taking a few minutes to put some things together to have ready for your pet in case of a crisis helps ensure their safety.”
The event is purposely scheduled to take place during the Revolutionary War Re-enactment weekend at Cantigny. Cooke said that event draws about 7,000 people, which the foundation hopes to attract to the expo as well. There will be a booth at the Revolutionary War event comparing how people prepare for a disaster today compared to the late 1700s.
The first 1,000 families to attend the emergency preparedness exposition will receive a free starter emergency kit.

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