Shelley Preparedness Fair draws crowd

SHELLEY — About 1,000 people took advantage of the Emergency and Preparedness Fair at Shelley High School Saturday.
“Attendance was beyond our expectations,” said organizer Terrill Christensen. “We’re tickled about the turnout.”
This is the third year Shelley has hosted a preparedness fair.
Terry Johnson demonstrated the Aqua Pour-Niken Water Purification System.
“I expected to be sitting a lot but there were so many people--I’m wearing better shoes next year,” Johnson said.
“A lot of people were helped today,” said Barbara Morrison from Shelley.
Amy Palmer had a sampling of what her family uses for outdoor activities. These supplies are packed in backpacks—one for each child.
Each backpack is individualized. One of her daughters has packed a favorite book. Peanut butter and granola bars with almonds are stashed in another daughter’s backpack.
“Put pictures of the child on his or her pack,” Palmer advised. Not only does the photograph identify a specific child’s pack but the parent also has a photograph of the child if the child is separated from the family in an emergency.
Among a wide selection of preparedness lessons, there were also lessons on how to dehydrate food, as well as can it, sprout it, store it and rotate it. Water filtration and water storage were on display, as well as camping gear, including a kerosene oven.
Chad Morgan demonstrated Big and Little Dippers.
“Any emergency preparation plan needs an endless supply of clean potable drinking water,” Morgan said.
Morgan said the Little Dipper can retrieve one and one-half quarts from a well casing whereas the Big Dipper can retrieve two gallons worth.
Helps in case of a financial crisis were available.
“People need to be prepared financially,” said Boyd Christensen. He recommends people pay off their debt and have enough money in savings for three to six months of expenses.
“Insurance affects preparedness,” said Roxanne Christensen. “Few insurance policies cover natural disasters.
“In Idaho, about 25 percent of all car accidents in the state involve people who carry no insurance or are under-insured,” Christensen said. “People can purchase insurance to protect themselves from uninsured and underinsured motorists.”
She also recommends people purchase life insurance.
Bingham County Emergency Director Craig Rowland said people asked lots of questions about earthquakes.
Regarding earthquakes, one brochure stated, “You’re going to be on your own in the days following a major earthquake. … The key to coping with these potential problems is to plan for them.”
Lynn Stewart, Rocky Mountain Power Electrical Safety Lead Presenter, explained electrical safety for home and farm.
“A kite or an irrigation pipe doesn’t have to touch an electrical power line,” Stewart said. “The energy wants to get to ground so it will use whatever comes near it.”
The Bingham County Sheriff personnel signed people up for Code Red and Reverse 911. They showed a DVD featuring Bingham County Search and Rescue.
“We want people to know what resources are available in our community,” said Capt. Robert Sobieski from the Bingham County Sheriff’s office.
Students participating in the Blackfoot/Bingham County Youth Coalition were helping to pack cans of food for the Shelley Food Bank and to help “where needed.”