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"Personal preparedness is key for community preparedness," Rebecca Squires, Jefferson County Emergency Management Coordinator told BYU-Idaho Radio. "By having individuals and families and businesses and organizations more prepared, then that eases the pressure on hospitals and on government resources and in the end, everybody in the community does better."

September 21, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen

As natural disasters rattle the world, east Idaho is gearing up for its annual preparedness expo, aimed at helping people prepare in small and big ways. 

"Personal preparedness is key for community preparedness," Rebecca Squires, Jefferson County Emergency Management Coordinator told BYU-Idaho Radio. "By having individuals and families and businesses and organizations more prepared, then that eases the pressure on hospitals and on government resources and in the end, everybody in the community does better."

The expo is an all-day event slated for Saturday, September 23 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM and includes plenty of classes and material to choose from."

"This is a very broad approach to emergency preparedness," Lucas Handy, online marketing specialist at Madison Memorial Hospital, told BYU-Idaho Radio. "We have financial people coming that want to help you become more financially prepared. We also have a couple people that are passionate about preparing people for emergencies as far as...emotional issues...taking this broad approach will allow anyone that comes to pick and choose what it is that they feel like would benefit them the most for free."

Handy says there is also almost $6,000 worth of door prizes that will be given away during the expo. But, Squires says it's also important to remember people should take away one new thing from the expo that will help them be better prepared.

"Don't be overwhelmed by the idea by being prepared," Squires said. "Come to the preparedness expo and just think 'one thing, today I'm going to go away with one thing that I can do,'...just start small and work from there."

You can listen to the full interview below.