Originally Published: October 18, 2018 8:47 p.m.
In an emergency situation, being prepared could make an entire world of difference — something Prescott Valley Deputy Town Manager Ryan Judy said he can witness to after the Viewpoint Fire earlier this year.
“(I’ve) had firsthand experience,” Judy said. “It’s very important.”
His home was surrounded by flames during the fire and, among other measures, was saved because of the defensible space he and his family created around the structure.
As such, the public is invited to Prescott Valley’s sixth annual Community Preparedness Fair held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.
This year is going to be a little bit different because it’s going to be indoors at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building, 7073 E. Pronghorn Ranch Parkway near the intersection of Viewpoint Drive and Highway 89A.
“We’re moving indoors because we’re holding it later in the year,” Judy said, adding that while it may not be as big as previous years, this year’s event is still pretty close in size.
For this year’s free event, there will be four classes on HAM Radio Operation, building “bug-out” or 72-hour kits, cooking without power, and fire safety/defensible space. The classes will repeat on the hour.
Additionally, various agencies, including an animal agency and others from Yavapai County, will have additional preparedness booths on hand in the gym, though they will not be giving formal classes, Judy said.
For more information, call Judy at 928-830-6515.