Posted: Sunday, September 29th 2013 at 9:36pm
Preparedness Fair draws families to INK
By Rob Moore Editor
Gainesville Police Cpl. Kevin Holbrook, Georgia State Patrol Pilot Kevin Thompson, Chad Black of Air Methods, Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell, and GSP Sgt. G.R. Harper visit during Sunday's Preparedness Fair at INK. (Photo/Rob Moore)
GAINESVILLE - INK (Interactive Neighborhood for Kids) was the place to be for many northeast Georgia families Sunday afternoon.
To close out National Preparedness Month, INK held a Personal and Family Preparedness Fair featuring local, state and national emergency services and disaster response agencies.
The event was sponsored by INK and Gainesville/Hall County.
INK Executive Director Sheri Hooper stressed that in a large-scale disaster emergency personnel may not be able to respond immediately.
"We wanted families to know that it's their job to be prepared for that first day or two - to take care of food, water, just those basics," Hooper said.
The parking lot was filled with helicopters, fire trucks, mobile command posts, mobile canteens, police cars and a law enforcement boat.
Hooper said she envisioned "a fair with a few fire trucks out in the parking lot and let's see how it goes."
What developed was much larger.
"This event has grown from my vision to what you see here today, which is just absolutely phenomenal," Hooper said.
In addition to the outdoor displays and booths, families were treated to free admission to INK for the afternoon.
Backpacks were given to the first several hundred children to help them contribute to their family's preparedness.
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