EVERETT — The EMPOWER emergency preparedness fair aims to break down barriers in culture, ability and language through a day of presentations, information sharing, resource tables and demonstrations from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the Everett Station, located at 3201 Smith Ave. in Everett.
This event is free and open to the public, and includes a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can register at Brown Paper Tickets.
The day will have two educational tracks, one for community residents to learn more about being prepared for emergencies, and another for emergency responders to learn ways to respond more effectively to a diverse community.
“This fair is for people who want to learn more about getting prepared for earthquakes, storms and other disasters,” said Therese Quinn, event organizer and Medical Reserve Corps coordinator. “It is also for emergency responders and planners who want to learn more about working with vulnerable populations.”
Morning presentations will follow a welcome by Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick.
The emergency responder track will hear a hands-on diversity panel discuss “What you need to know when you respond in my community.” Panelists will include individuals from the Iraqi and Latino communities, as well as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. The panel discussion will be followed by speaker Conrad Kuehn from the Northwest Americans with Disabilities Act Center, presenting “Disability Language and Etiquette.”
The community education track includes a presentation on how to prepare for an emergency and make an emergency kit. Following the kit demonstration, a panel will discuss the mission of emergency responders as public safety, and not immigration enforcement. Panelists are set to include Dave Alcorta of the American Red Cross, Sgt. Manny Garcia of the Everett Police Department and John Pennington of the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management.
The lunchtime keynote speaker will be National Fire Academy Instructor Leslie Olson, who will talk about the importance of cross-cultural communication.
All presentations and the lunch keynote speech will be interpreted into Spanish and translated by Communication Access Realtime Translation for the deaf and hard of hearing.
This event is the result of community partnerships among the Snohomish Health District, Tulalip Tribes, Fire District 1, Starbucks, Communities of Color Coalition, Snohomish County Emergency Management, Medical Reserve Corps, Puget Sound Energy, city of Everett and South Everett Neighborhood Center.