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Albertsons Features 7-Day Emergency Supply Display to Bolster Preparedness Effort

The display, presented July 5-16 by Mercer Island Emergency Preparedness volunteers and Albertsons grocery store, will feature supplies needed for a typical family during an week-long emergency.

When an earthquake strikes and the I-90 bridges are impassable do you have a plan for your family — or a preparedness kit at home to survive 7 days? 

has partnered with to show you how you can prepare yourselves and your family to shelter in place for 7 days. Starting Friday, July 6 through Sunday, July 15th, the City of Mercer Island Emergency Preparedness Volunteers and Albertsons Grocery Store will be demonstrating what preparing for 7 days looks like. Volunteers and grocery staff will build a display of emergency supplies and sundries needed until basic services can be restored by authorities.

City Emergency Manager Jennifer Franklin credited local volunteers like Sue Robboy and Albertsons for working together to help the city deliver its message of emergency preparedness.

"I encourage everyone if you have time to stop by and see the display," she said. "This is just another example of our Mercer Island Businesses stepping forward to help our residents and our City work together to prepare, respond and recover from disasters."

For additional information about getting prepared go to:
Emergency Preparedness Website www.mercergov.org/emergencyprep

Cary Schneider July 03, 2012 at 06:16 AM
This definitely is a major theme across the nation, lack of preparedness. The issue is people do not take the time to plan and prepare because there are so many sources out there for information, but nothing that consolidates it and actually helps a family sit down and prepare with a schedule. A company called PrepareUs, located on the west coast, has started raising the bar in the emergency preparedness industry. They offer families high quality emergency kits, that have a refill system so they never expire. In addition, each kit comes with a Home Emergency Preparedness guide which helps a family make a plan and get prepared in 7 days time, created by sources from FEMA, Red Cross and other experts. The guide covers everything in 20 pages, a readers digest version of the 1,000 of pages out there! No company offers this type of solution for homes or offices! Check them out... www.PrepareUsToday.com
Jon H July 03, 2012 at 06:44 AM
We all live on an island. This should make us more aware than most. Especially since a large number work off-island. However, there is plenty of negative spin against 'preppers' and such in many media outlets. There are clearly shades of difference, but simply ignore the need to be prepared is silly. Thanks for those trying to get the word out.
Kendall Watson July 03, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Patch will be there on July 6 to get a photo of the display. We love volunteers and want to highlight this kind of community involvement — if you hear about a volunteer effort that you think is worthwhile, please let me know at Kendall.Watson@Patch.com. Thanks!
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA July 03, 2012 at 09:06 PM
@ Jon H Anyone who was a Boy Scout back then knows the clear value of being prepared. J-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA July 03, 2012 at 09:27 PM
@ Kendall Watson As we know Mercer Island has many volunteers doing good things for the community. And Patch does many good things in helping these efforts. J-

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