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Community invited to ‘Living Ready’ preparedness fair

— Some challenges in life impact the whole community, such as the wildfires last summer that threatened and sometimes destroyed homes and businesses, while others are individual such as unemployment or health problems. “Living Ready” is meant to help local residents in facing and overcoming these parts of the human experience.

Orofino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inviting people of the community and surrounding area to “Living Ready,” a preparedness fair this Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their meeting house, 13610 Fremont Ave.

Living Ready is not about fear or panic; but rather it is about learning to take care of what is important — loved ones. It is about learning to be smart, savvy and resilient when facing challenges.

The fair will have numerous booths, demonstrations and presenters that can answer questions about how to prepare and be ready when facing challenges in life. Some might call it provident living.

Among topics for the fair are canning, preserving and storing food, sprouting, dehydrating and freeze dried foods, gardening, herbs and health foods, edible landscaping, medical basics, legal document preservation, alternative cooking, water storage and purification, 72-hour kits, household ingenuity, sanitation, family history and genealogy, adult education and emergency shelter.

There will also be displays by a variety of emergency responders and community resources including Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office, Orofino Police Department, Clearwater County Ambulance Service, Orofino Fire Department, Red Cross, Back Country Medics, Search and Rescue, Emergency communication, Avista and YWCA.

Don Gardner, Clearwater County Emergency Management Coordinator, will help participants look at ways they can begin and continue to prepare without becoming overwhelmed. He will also have information about protecting personal privacy from spying eyes.

The “Living Ready” preparedness fair will be at the LDS meeting house, 13610 Fremont. To reach the church, turn off U.S. Highway 12 just west of Barney’s Harvest Foods.


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