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Gear Up, Get Ready

Various local events will promote Emergency Preparedness Campaign
The Housing Authority of Joliet is hosting a community emergency preparedness event, with the support of local community service partners. The emergency preparedness campaign, GEAR UP, GET READY, was developed to assist residents to Be Prepared, Get Informed, and Be Ready for an emergency.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, at the Housing Authority’s Des Plaines Street Community Center, 220 Des Plaines Street, Joliet. During the event, officials will offer tips for emergency planning to local residents.

“We are pleased with all the cooperation we have received from our local agencies to bring this important information to our residents,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh.

The Will County Emergency Management Agency will present information about basic first aid and putting together a family emergency plan of action. Representatives from the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army will be on hand to share information about their services. Officers from the Joliet Police Department will offer child identification services and the Will County Health Department will have its dental van on site.

Grace Bible Church will offer activities for the children, teaching them additional safety tips. Members of the Joliet Fire Department will be present to distribute information about various programs.

“Will County is successful in creating partnerships for the benefit of its residents,” said R. Dale Evans, family self-sufficiency coordinator of the Housing Authority of Joliet. “We are pleased to work with these agencies to bring these important safety tips to our residents. This

cooperative effort will help many of our residents become better prepared for an emergency.”

Other events include Touch A Truck, 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 8, at
Dellwood Park, Route 171 & Woods Drive in Lockport; and a Gear Up, Get Ready fair 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, June 8, at the Spanish Community Center, 309 North Eastern Avenue in Joliet.

The fair on June 8 will include the Joliet Fire Department, the Joliet Police Department, and the Will County Health Department’s dental hygienist will be on hand to schedule visits with the county’s Mobile Dental Van.

For more information about the upcoming events, call Will County Emergency Management Agency at (815)740-8351.

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