A downburst in 2012 caused thousands of dollars in damage on the west side of Bloomington. (Photo courtesy of Julie Moore)
By Sarah Beckman
BLOOMINGTON - The McLean County Association for Home and Community Education is hosting a preparedness event May 4, to get families ready for potential disasters.
The event features disaster preparedness expert Eddy Weiss. He is the founder of Chasing4Life, an internationally known organization involved in training, teaching, and disaster response. He has been present at most disasters in the United States.
"I don't think people in this area are very prepared at all for a disaster," said association president Kathleen Emery. "We're really excited to bring Eddy to the county to educate people."
In addition to Weiss speaking about disaster preparedness, responders from local and area emergency services agencies will be on hand with equipment, vehicles, and educational displays for all ages. The goal is to help residents understanding what's needed for an emergency and what should be in a home disaster kit. There will also be stories from storm chasers.
"We are hoping for a lot of community participation on Saturday," said Emery. "I think people on the Illinois River right now are wishing they were more prepared for the flooding they're experiencing right now. Hopefully they'll come out and learn about disaster preparedness."
The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Interstate Center. Admission is free