By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The Madison County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will host the 2013 Safety Town and Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Madison County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St., London.
Free and open to the public, the family-friendly event will start with a ceremony to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Allen Bartholomew, Jefferson Township Fire Department chaplain, will present a “Blessing of the Badges.” Law enforcement and safety officers of all disciplines are invited to bring their badges.
After the ceremony, children can visit Safety Town in the fairgrounds’ Merchants Building. There they can learn about handwashing, bicycle safety, water safety, Internet safety, making a family emergency exit plan, drug abuse prevention and more.
New this year are Science Spots, interactive, educational kiosks supplied by the Center of Science and Industry (COSI). The county libraries will offer activities, as well.
Outside, children can go through a fire safety house, visit the archery safety trailer, jump in a bounce house, and check out safety equipment, including fire engines, police and highway patrol cruisers, and EMS squads. The Air Evac Life Team helicopter will land at 11:30 a.m. MedFlight will land at noon.
Law enforcement and safety personnel from jurisdictions throughout Madison County will be on hand to answer questions.
“With the Safety Expo, we continue our outreach to the community so they can get to know the local first responders, especially the kids,” said Debbie Sims, EMA deputy director. “It’s good for parents, too, to help them with preparedness for their families.”
One of the goals of the Safety Expo is to educate the public about how to take care of themselves in an emergency until help comes, Sims said.
“Plus, it’s a fun family event,” she said.
Free hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and drinks will be available.
For more information, call EMA at (740) 852-4200.